Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Edible Gardening -

• If your gar­den soil is a bit on the poor side, you can get around the prob­lem by build­ing, or buy­ing, raised gar­den beds and fill­ing them with a rich loamy soil mix. Whereas it can take years to im­prove clay or sandy soils, by work­ing above them you can have a su­per pro­duc­tive vegie patch in your first sea­son!

• Raised planter beds are also help­ful in lo­ca­tions which re­ceive only a bor­der­line amount of di­rect sun­shine. By lift­ing the plants up higher, they can get a few hours of ex­tra sun­light, which might make the dif­fer­ence be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure.

• An­other ad­van­tage of raised beds is that they are kinder to your back and knees, as they re­quire less bend­ing or kneel­ing to main­tain, or to har­vest, your crops.

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