Raised beds

Raised beds allow more food to be produced from a small space. Paths are dug, and the earth is piled up onto the beds in between the paths, which are usually about 3 feet wide. The beds can be left as a mound of earth ("lazy beds") or the sides can be shored up with boards. It is important not to walk on the beds themselves Plants like deep loose soil, and can be planted closer together in raised beds than they normally would. Large seeded plants like beans and bulbs like raised beds a lot, but small seeded plants prefer a finer seed bed. It is often a good idea to grow seedlings in pots or in a level seedbed, before transplanting them into the raised bed.

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