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Green Thumb: Raised Bed Gardens

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- So you think you can't grow a garden just because of some bad soil?

I'm a real fan of raised bed gardens and so should you.

There are too many advantages to have a raised bed over a level garden area. Particularly if you have an open garden area and it's actually on a slanted hillside like this one a raised bed garden is the best way to go.

The advantages of a raised bed garden are many. One I like is the convenience of working the ground it's self. As you can see back through here you can get to the tomato plants or in front of me the green beans, you can pull weeds very, very easily.

One thing about pulling weeds and working the soil, when you make a raised bed, you don't want it to be more than four feet wide. Guess what? You can reach over on one side, come to the other side and you can reach in the middle so you can access the veggies and the weeds that are in it.

Another advantage of having raised beds, I promise you these tomatoes were put out in April before the frost even came in this area and the ground tends to warm up a lot quicker and you can get fruits and vegetables much quicker.

You know in these raised beds they are very easy to manage and the volume is great because they're easy to take care of and your plants are healthier. We don't use any chemicals or anything.

One thing I love about raised beds is that you can actually create your own soil. You can put good rich organic matter in there, you can put rock in there, you can create the soil that you want.

Normally out in the garden you have to deal with what you got. L

These beds have full sun, you can put it anywhere you want. There are too many advantages to a raised bed vegetable garden not to try it.

Until next time keep your green thumb growing.


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