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Raise Crop Yields with Concrete Garden Beds

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In recent years, concrete gardens have increased in popularity due to more and more people planting raised bed edible gardens to save money and eat healthier. These are not the only reasons for having a concrete garden, however.

The advantages to concrete planting beds

Improved soil

Generally, the soil in raised concrete beds is better than that in normal gardens, partly because it never gets stepped on and compacted, and partly because concrete beds afford gardeners the opportunity to build their planting medium using high-quality soil and a custom mix of fertilizers and other additives. This is a surprisingly cost-effective opportunity as well, since none of the soil is wasted on or in paths - it all goes straight to the concrete garden bed.

Increased yield

In the spring, the soil in a raised bed warms up more quickly than the surrounding ground soil, making it possible to plant in the bed much earlier than a normal garden would allow. With proper soil, the movement of both water and air is improved, while roots can spread out much more easily than in compacted dirt; because of this, a concrete garden bed can be planted much more densely than would be possible with a normal bed, increasing the overall yield of the plants. Additionally, raised beds are better served by either wide rows or enclosed beds, cutting the amount of space used for paths by one third to one-half. As a result, plants can take up more space in a raised garden, allowing for larger harvests once the plants are ready.

Easy access

Concrete gardens can be constructed in a variety of ways, making it possible for those with back problems or in wheelchairs to garden with greater ease than in a normal garden structure. Attaching planks of wood to the walls, or building benches, provides a place to sit and garden rather than kneel or stoop, avoiding damage to the knees or other joints.

Use concrete gardens for weed and pest control

While the dense planting utilized in this style of gardening would seem to make weeding difficult, in fact it serves to crowd the weeds out, allowing little (if any) room to grow. Using sequential planting and cover crops ensures that weeds will have no bare dirt to colonize - eliminating them as a problem. Raised beds make pest control easier: rodents can be kept out with metal screens at the base of the bed; birds can be blocked from above by netting (the small size of a raised bed makes this possible, whereas a conventional garden's size makes the task difficult, if not impossible); and slugs and snails have a tough time reaching the plants, and are easily spotted and removed if they do.

A concrete garden is a solid investment with a number of advantages over an average garden. The higher yield and decreased maintenance involved with a concrete garden has made them a popular alternative to conventional gardening in the past few years.

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