What are the advantages of raised-bed gardening?
If you were that student who loved getting fresh school supplies each year, than raised-bed gardening is for you. It means starting fresh each season with high-quality soil, and avoiding the dreaded New England potatoes—that’s the nickname farmers gave the rocks buried in the soil. However, one should be mindful that bagged soil doesn’t always include all the right minerals. So a booster shot of nitrogen might be in order, especially since extra watering may deplete the bed of the essential element.
Raised beds also mean more efficient drainage, which is good. The roots won’t get water-logged. On the other hand, in times of drought, one will have to water more frequently. For those who like making order out of chaos, one has more control over the garden’s location. And the rows of wooden beds are aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, because the soil in raised beds thaws and warms earlier than the ground, one can enjoy an extended growing season—another plus in New England.