Growing Pains (Get it?)

Why you should grow in raised beds

I've spent a lot of time in bed recently thanks to a sinus infection. As a result, I'm buying things at online auctions and thinking of puns for this blog. Unfortunately, I haven't been successful at either because just typing this sentence is exhausting. So, this will be short and sweet. 

I'm a lazy gardener. I want to enjoy my garden with minimal effort.  Raised beds let me do just that by allowing me to control the quality of my soil, and if you've gardened for any length of time you know soil quality is EVERYTHING.  I can build my beds, gather my bulk compost and get to planting without having to worry about amending the rock-hard red clay that passes for soil in my yard.

Also, raised beds are just a larger form of container gardening (although most raised beds don't have bottoms), so you can find a raised bed that fits anywhere. I have elevated ones that I use on my back porch during the summer months to grow peppers.  

Drainage! Drainage! Drainage! Since I have clay in yard, my soil tends to hold water, which is great during a drought. However, this year, we've tons of rain, and a raised bed has kept me from worrying about the Noah's Ark amount of water we've gotten this year.

To wrap this up, grow in raised beds. Also, you should try these raised beds. I haven't tried them myself, but aren't they darling?  I'm always looking for an excuse to buy them. On a different note,  in the amount of time it's taken me to write this (which has been INSANE because of previously noted sinus infection), I have managed to lose out on all of my online auction bidding, which is also insane because I've been involved in so many.