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How to Start a Garden Bonus

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This is just a quick bonus lesson for those of you thinking about what type of garden you’d like to have. You’ve already chosen a spot for your garden in Lesson One, so now, exactly what kind of garden will you grow?

types of gardens

Watch my video below for some help on knowing what kind of garden may work best for your space and also your gardening goals:

Row Garden Pros and Cons

Row garden pros:

  • Less expensive to start (if your soil is good)
  • More space for larger crops
  • No construction needed

Row garden cons:

  • Weeds and grass easily creep in
  • Soil testing is necessary
  • Watch for compacting soil

Raised Bed Garden Pros and Cons

Raised bed garden pros:

  • Less weeding
  • Good drainage
  • Can be hip height for less bending over
  • Easy to freshen up soil
  • Great for root vegetables that need loose soil

Raised bed garden cons:

  • Cost of bed construction
  • Beds must be filled with soil
  • Smaller growing area
  • Garden beds may break down over time

Hopefully, this information will help you make an informed decision, and if you were simply considering a container garden, then I lump that in with the raised garden bed. The components are similar since you’d need to purchase soil and materials.

Here are some helpful instructions for those wanting to build their own raised bed:

DIY Raised Bed Garden

Simple Cedar Raised Bed Garden

DIY Self-watering Planter

Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below! I’d love to know what type of garden you’ll be growing this year!

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