So you want a vegetable garden, butdon't have a large area to till up for theproject? Your “soil” is hard as rock? Agood way to compensate for such lack of space and rocky soil is by gardening inraised beds. Doing so helps you overcomeproblems with our less-than-perfect soil.A raised bed for vegetables can be assimple as raking the soil into flat-toppedmounds (berms) several inches higher than paths. Or, for deeper beds, you can box soil with landscape timbers (raised bed).Raised beds, especially in Miami-DadeCounty, offer a number of distinctadvantages, particularly for growingvegetables:
Digging is not needed.
Helps plants grow better. For rootcrops such as sweet potato, carrotsor malanga, it is much easier toprovide needed space for the edibleplant parts to grow.
Replenishing soil is easy to do.This helps to overcome the buildup of disease or nematodes.Depleted soil can be quicklyremoved from a raised bed andreplaced.
Ease of cultivation, especially for those with limited mobility.
Lessens the risk of plants becomingwater logged, particularly in areaswith poor drainage. This limits thechance of root rot diseases.
Reduces soil compaction andprevents damage to soil and plantsfrom foot traffic.
Saves resources; fertilizer is appliedonly in the beds, not broadcastover the entire garden area.
By using peat-based andorganically enriched soils, the pHis in the “ideal” range for mostplants.There may be a few disadvantages tousing raised beds, the major one beingcost if the bed walls are to be durable.One other consideration is that additionalirrigation may be needed. For this reasonit is advisable to install some type of dripirrigation system to efficiently water your plants.