The advantages to growing a Non toxic raised garden Bed

A raised garden bed can be built with a variety of non-toxic materials including concrete blocks, brick, untreated wood. (Treated wood contains toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil and enter the plants.)  Sunset has great stepbystepinstructions to create a 4’ x 8’ wood bed. A four-foot width, with sides 12–16 inches high, is ideal because it allows you to sit on the edge and reach into your plants.

The Advantages to growing a non-toxic raised garden bed

  • These garden beds are space saving—since you will not need walking space between each row (only between beds), they end up taking up less space.
  • You will benefit with a longer planting season—raised beds warm up earlier in the spring and hold onto heat longer in the fall, allowing you earlier and later planting.
  • You will reduce soil compaction because you don’t walk on the growing medium like traditional beds.
  • You will conserve water as you will have better drainage and retention of water, as well as aeration of the soil due to the minimal soil compaction, making for a more successful garden bed.
  • You will have bigger, healthier yields due to greater root development—the benefits to the soil benefits the plants and your harvest!
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  1. Matt says:

    Check out TimberSIL glass wood. The only preserved wood deemed by the EPA as Non-Toxic.
    http://timbersil.wordpress.com/

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