If you have had a raised garden for several years, you may begin noticing your crops dying or being attacked by pests. This is generally because the soil has been depleted. You may try to amend the soil, is often will not help. Below are some simple ways to help you avoid common raised bed garden issues so you can continue enjoying healthy plants.
- Consider rotating your crops through several raised beds: as you plan your raised bed Gardens, aim to build at least four beds that way, you can rotate crops each year. Doing so will allow the soil to regenerate nutrients. Crops require different nutrients, and also leave behind other nutrients that can replenish the soil. The additional beds can also allow you more room to plant crops and rotate them. When doing this, though, it is important to not rotate plants from the same family one after another.
- Rotate seasonal crops: this works great if you live in an area where can rotate the crops throughout the year. For example, you could have peas planted in a garden in the spring, plant tomatoes for the summer time, then carrots in the fall. This will benefit the soil in different ways from the different crops and keep your garden productive.
- Replace your soil: this can turn into an expensive option, but there are times when you must do this. For instance, if there is a raised bed at a home where you moved, it is best to replace the soil and start with a clean slate. That way, you will not have to worry about any existing issues the previous owner had.
If you are interested in organic gardening, consider replacing the soil as the best first step. That way, you know what you are starting with. It may also be the best that if you are wanting to grow the same crop each year. Regardless of the method you choose, the above options will help you see dramatic changes in your plants immediately. Remember to continually add compost your garden also as a way to help your plants thrive continually. The compost will not only add nutrients, but will help hold in the water during the dry summer months.