Sandi Marr & Lester C. Fretz
Raised Bed Gardening
Fall signals for gardeners a time to rest. Autumn is also a time of reflection and planning for the next growing season. Raised bed gardening is a great way to grow flowers and vegetables.
It is amazing what can be grown in a small area. If soil is poor, raised beds are an excellent option. Raised beds are helpful for seniors where less bending is required for pulling weeds or harvesting produce.
There are many benefits of raised bed gardening. Drainage is superior. 12″ usually provides ample depth for most vegetable roots. Materials such as manure, wood chips, leaves, compost and bagged soil can be easily used to fill the bed.
Soil in raised beds warms up more quickly in the spring. Sides may be made of wood, hay, stones, brick, cinderblocks, sand bags or other natural materials. Wire netting on the bottom can also be installed to deter rodents.
Due to its limited size, seeds may be sown close together which prevents weeds, maximizes sun, conserves water and fertilizer. Most of all, a raised bed can be very aesthetic.
Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) invites everyone to learn more about “Raised Bed Gardening” with popular guest speaker, Lester C. Fretz, on Oct. 19, 7-9pm, Optimist Hall, Dunnville. On this DHS monthly program night, we will also host our Annual Fun Flower & Vegetable Show. 4H and junior gardeners will be joining us for their awards night and providing refreshments. Visit our facebook page and website for more details www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org or contact Debbie Thomas, President at (905) 774-3064.
Photo caption: raised bed by Joanne Plaenksken
Photo by Lester C. Fretz