Why Your Raised Garden Should Always Be 8 Inches or Taller


| 8/10/2017 9:52:00 AM


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The Best Raised Garden Depth

Raised garden beds are popular for reasons ranging from aesthetics to usability. For example, they are usually built with beautiful cuts of wood that add richness to both porches and yards, and their design provides natural drainage. Furthermore, raised beds can placed on concrete or the ground depending on your preference, and they maintain soil moisture and temperature better than traditional gardens. They are perfect for seasoned gardeners and “green-thumbs” alike as long as they follow some basic raised bed guidelines. One in particular that can make or break a vegetable garden, is soil depth.

Soil depth is an important discussion, especially with regard to raised beds. Soil depth requirements depend on what you are growing – flowers may only need a few inches for their roots to spread, but vegetables will need more room to thrive. Before diving in and planting whatever vegetable comes to mind, a seasoned gardener assesses how much depth they will be able to work with. Depth is measured from the top of the soil down, which means gardeners can artificially create soil depth by increasing the garden bed’s height.

The following are some tips for providing the necessary soil depth for your plants and some vegetables that can be planted based on available soil depth.

Raised Beds Should Be 8 Inches or Taller

There isn’t a maximum soil depth limit for a garden, but there is a minimum depth requirement – at least for vegetable gardens. A good tip is to always err on the side of more soil, not less. For a vegetable garden to succeed, your raised bed should have at least 8 inches of soil depth, which means the bed itself needs to be 8 inches or taller. It is the minimum for nearly every vegetable and growing in less will produce stunted results. 


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