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Growing food crops in the limited space of metal raised garden beds

We've all learned a lot over the past few years—perhaps the most important thing this pandemic has taught us is not to take the tiniest of things for granted. So everyone learned to make their favorite things at home, including in metal raised garden beds

Raised Garden Bed Gardening

Even now, we will be greatly impacted by shortages of items including poultry, meat and produce due to the outbreak. We've come to realize that the more we can grow for ourselves (and share with friends and neighbors) the better if we want to ensure our healthy food supply. Even if you have a postage stamp-sized backyard, or just a balcony, there are plenty of ways to grow a lot in a small space by using modular metal raised garden beds.

Compact "bush" varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplants, squash and even watermelons can be found everywhere. Peppers of any type can usually be placed on metal raised garden beds and usually do not require supports. Greens such as green leaf lettuce, mustard or tatsoi, potatoes, short or round carrots, radishes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, citrus and herbs can all be grown in appropriately sized metal raised garden beds.

Dwarf blueberries, such as "Tophat," and newer varieties of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, such as those in the Bushel and Berry collection, are great for metal raised garden beds. These plants are very compact, with an average size of about 2-3 feet. Year after year collections include strawberries, blueberries, which may need to be moved to larger metal raised garden beds as they grow. Metal raised garden beds are a great option. They have room to grow in a very small space. When watering flowers and fertilizing, it will not cause back pain due to bending over for a long time.

Grow beautifully in metal raised garden beds

Sometimes, the only space available is in the front yard, where placing a vegetable garden is often considered a violation of neighborhood etiquette. Since vegetables in metal raised garden beds share the same basic requirements (full sun and well-drained soil) as many ornamental plants, compromises can be made by employing strategies that make the garden as attractive as possible.

Some vegetable plants are lovely when grown well and healthy enough to sprinkle among annuals and perennials in metal raised garden beds. Glossy - Leafy pepper plants have showy flowers that can produce red, lilac, yellow, or orange fruit in lumpy or elongated shapes. Smaller, denser Thai peppers are beautiful and can be grown simply as ornamental plants in metal raised garden beds, but will liven up your exotic dishes. Fish peppers have a unique flavor and unusual variegated leaves and fruits. Eggplants have purple leaves and stems, while the solid purple, lavender, white or striped fruit can be traditional, elongated, egg-shaped or perfectly rounded in shape. Heat and cold hardy Swiss chard "BrightLights" is one of the most attractive vegetables you can grow in a metal raised garden bed, and has a charming and colorful accent on the border. Light green leaves are supported by stems of intense red, yellow, orange, pink and white. Large vegetables like Tuscan kale, mustard, or mizuna add exciting texture contrast, and can be harvested over a long season if only the outer leaves are picked.

If using a metal raised garden bed, using these strategies and combining them where possible will make the most of your garden space and yield a good harvest.