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RAISED BEDS AND GRAVEL - make a lovely, manageable, organized garden. They keep pathway weeds from garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails. The sides of the beds keep valuable garden soil from being eroded or washed away. Raised garden beds also reduce back strain when bending over to tend the bed.
Raised Gardens do not have to be difficult or expensive. --- "We salvaged these pallets from a local warehouse and cut them into thirds. 2 full pallets were used here. 4′x4′ posts screwed to the corners and voila, a beautifully gridded garden bed full of black gold, just waiting for planting. Grid was stapled old venetian blinds. It was inspired by the Square Foot Garden method."
Raised Bed Gardening. I love this layout. The stones create a pathway through the garden. Climbing plants can be planted along the trellis. Flowers can be planted along the path. Herbs and veggies can be planted in the raised garden beds, and are protected from little critters eating them before you do!