FROM THE GARDEN SHED: The benefits of raised beds

WhatsOn Nov 10, 2016 by Kathy Steel, Flamborough Horticultural Society Flamborough Review

With autumn colours fading fast and tender plants reduced to mush, the gardening season is rapidly becoming a warm memory. It will be many months before we plunge our hands into the dirt again.

Unless, of course, you are one of those clever gardeners with raised beds.

Raised beds are gardens that are built on top of the ground. Why would you do this?

One good reason is to extend your growing season. Having your soil above terra firma allows the sun to embrace the soil, raising its temperature so your peas can grow as long as they please. You’ll gain a few extra weeks in spring and fall to produce your produce.

If you’re like many gardeners whose soil is better suited for brick making than bean growing, simply build a frame on top of the ground and fill it with the luscious loam you dream of. You know – the kind everyone seems to flaunt on those idyllic gardening shows.

If you’re the obsessive compulsive type who must have crisp edges around your garden, raised beds eliminate the chore of continually cutting clean edges. And your back will thank you for bringing the soil closer to your hands.

There are many good reasons to try raised bed gardening. Writer, editor and digital consultant Tara Nolan tried it, and was so excited she wrote a book about it. (Gardeners need something to do with their hands in the winter.)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and techniques of raised bed gardening, join us at our next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown. Tara will offer bountiful benefits and inspiration to help you raise your gardening aspirations. Refreshments and friendly conversation will follow. Guests are warmly welcomed.

Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our website at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, email flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905 689-6722.

FROM THE GARDEN SHED: The benefits of raised beds

Tara Nolan to speak at Flamboorugh Horticultural Society meeting

WhatsOn Nov 10, 2016 by Kathy Steel, Flamborough Horticultural Society Flamborough Review

With autumn colours fading fast and tender plants reduced to mush, the gardening season is rapidly becoming a warm memory. It will be many months before we plunge our hands into the dirt again.

Unless, of course, you are one of those clever gardeners with raised beds.

Raised beds are gardens that are built on top of the ground. Why would you do this?

One good reason is to extend your growing season. Having your soil above terra firma allows the sun to embrace the soil, raising its temperature so your peas can grow as long as they please. You’ll gain a few extra weeks in spring and fall to produce your produce.

If you’re like many gardeners whose soil is better suited for brick making than bean growing, simply build a frame on top of the ground and fill it with the luscious loam you dream of. You know – the kind everyone seems to flaunt on those idyllic gardening shows.

If you’re the obsessive compulsive type who must have crisp edges around your garden, raised beds eliminate the chore of continually cutting clean edges. And your back will thank you for bringing the soil closer to your hands.

There are many good reasons to try raised bed gardening. Writer, editor and digital consultant Tara Nolan tried it, and was so excited she wrote a book about it. (Gardeners need something to do with their hands in the winter.)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and techniques of raised bed gardening, join us at our next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown. Tara will offer bountiful benefits and inspiration to help you raise your gardening aspirations. Refreshments and friendly conversation will follow. Guests are warmly welcomed.

Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our website at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, email flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905 689-6722.

FROM THE GARDEN SHED: The benefits of raised beds

Tara Nolan to speak at Flamboorugh Horticultural Society meeting

WhatsOn Nov 10, 2016 by Kathy Steel, Flamborough Horticultural Society Flamborough Review

With autumn colours fading fast and tender plants reduced to mush, the gardening season is rapidly becoming a warm memory. It will be many months before we plunge our hands into the dirt again.

Unless, of course, you are one of those clever gardeners with raised beds.

Raised beds are gardens that are built on top of the ground. Why would you do this?

One good reason is to extend your growing season. Having your soil above terra firma allows the sun to embrace the soil, raising its temperature so your peas can grow as long as they please. You’ll gain a few extra weeks in spring and fall to produce your produce.

If you’re like many gardeners whose soil is better suited for brick making than bean growing, simply build a frame on top of the ground and fill it with the luscious loam you dream of. You know – the kind everyone seems to flaunt on those idyllic gardening shows.

If you’re the obsessive compulsive type who must have crisp edges around your garden, raised beds eliminate the chore of continually cutting clean edges. And your back will thank you for bringing the soil closer to your hands.

There are many good reasons to try raised bed gardening. Writer, editor and digital consultant Tara Nolan tried it, and was so excited she wrote a book about it. (Gardeners need something to do with their hands in the winter.)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and techniques of raised bed gardening, join us at our next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Rd., Waterdown. Tara will offer bountiful benefits and inspiration to help you raise your gardening aspirations. Refreshments and friendly conversation will follow. Guests are warmly welcomed.

Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our website at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, email flamhort@hotmail.com or call 905 689-6722.