Benefits of a Raised Cutting Garden

Benefits of a Raised Cutting Garden

Raised Cutting GardenA raised cutting garden has a variety of advantages. The possibilities for providing ideal growing conditions allows the flower gardener a wider range of floral choices in the cutting garden. The structure’s dimensions and design assist the gardener, making the care and cutting of flowers easier. Though raised beds are used most often for vegetables and herb seeds, they also provide a significant advantage to your flower’s growing environment and your ability to care for the flowering plants.

 

Benefits of Raised Beds

Raised beds are structures made of wood, plastic, basalt block or stone, usually 12″ to 18″ high, 3′ to 4′ wide, and 6′ to 8′ long. Filled with soil, they provide optimum growing conditions and make the care and cutting of flowers a much easier task. The size and depth of raised beds should accommodate both the plant’s needs and provide accessibility for the gardener. Draw out a plot plan, including spacing for plants and limiting the width to the arm length of the gardener.

 

The soil in raised beds drains easier and warms quicker than the ground soil in the springtime. When the winter’s season ends, and the spring rain and warmer temperatures begin, annuals and perennials get a jump-start in the warmer, quicker draining soil of raised beds.

 

Flowers with different types of soil requirements are easily accommodated in the raised cutting garden. Some annuals and perennials need sandy loam while others require an amended clay soil mixed with plenty of compost. One raised bed for each, located next to each other in a sunny location provides the raised cutting garden an abundant selection of cutting flowers in a limited space. Various factors such as watering, soil pH, fertilizing, sunlight, and shelter from wind are easily managed with raised flower beds.

 

The height of the raised beds allows easy access to plants and keeps the gardener from bending over causing an ensuing backache. The prepared soil in higher beds also allows roots to grow deep in the loose soil, protecting the plants from drought.

 

The top of a stone raised bed provides a place to sit while caring for plants. Higher beds with a structure for sitting become part of the design feature as well as allow easy access to flowers. With raised beds, there is no foot traffic to compacts the soil. Consider a brick or stone pathway around the raised beds. Pushing wheel barrels and toting around garden tools over wet or uneven dirt becomes laborious.

Beauty of a Raised Cutting Garden

While the benefits are significant, the raised beds are an intrinsic part of the overall garden design, though their location may be unobtrusive by choice. Choose materials for the structures of your raised cutting garden that match other features in and around the garden. The placement of the raised beds should have easy access to workflow. While a raised cutting garden provides benefits for plants and gardener, the overall design also creates a beautiful area to meander through, stop and sit by colorful flowers and admire their beauty. In a larger garden, the raised cutting garden beds may be set apart and made less visible, but still be an engaging place to select and cut fragrant, colorful blossoms for floral arrangements.

 

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