Is Excavation and Renovation Good for Metal Raised Garden Bed Soil?

You will often hear most people say that you need to till the land before you can start planting. The wisdom behind this is that it helps loosen the soil, spreading the nutrients in the compost along with the rotting plants from the last harvest. Most people hold to this belief because most plants grow and thrive within the first year of planting.

However, what most people miss in the process is losing an important balance in the soil in exchange for faster growth. This in turn promotes erosion, kills beneficial nematodes and worms, digs up weed seeds, and puts a lot of stress on all plants. Plant roots are specialized because the top roots absorb nutrients from the topsoil, while the lower roots bring in minerals from deep in the soil and act as wind-resistant anchors. Plants will grow better in more natural and carefully balanced soil ecosystems, rather than exposing their roots to fertile soil.

When you dig and turn the soil, you are exposing fragile ecosystems to air that will eventually dry out. It also exposes the soil to UV rays from the sun, rather than disinfecting it and killing its organisms. Through digging, nutrients such as nitrogen and carbon are removed from the soil. This also drains organic matter from the soil and prevents it from holding water well. Compaction occurs when the soil structure is disturbed and causes a hard disk to form. This also reduces water infiltration, leading to more surface runoff, leading to increased soil erosion.

That's because of tradition. In the past, people used their gardens as mini farms. Since most people see how big farms work, they do the same with their gardens at home. Earth's soil has a lifespan of 60 years, and digging shortens that lifespan.

How to build a garden without digging the ground?

Gardens can be easily built without digging. First, you can choose a raised garden bed that suits your garden, plus you can place a raised garden bed anywhere in your garden, no matter your garden soil is not suitable for planting. Just a few simple steps:

1. Choose where you want to place your raised garden bed, make sure it gets full sun and is flat.

2. Choose the material of the garden bed, here I recommend you to choose the galvanized steel metal raised garden bed, because its service life can reach 30 to 70 years.

3. Prepare mulch, you can cover the surface of a metal raised garden bed with newspaper or cardboard, this will eventually kill the grass and decompose with it.

4. Once all the prep work is done, you are ready to fill your metal raised garden bed. The first layer can be made from partially decomposed compost. The least decomposing compost usually contains some wood chips and other organic materials. You want to fill it up and tamp it a little to keep it tight. You should compost on the least decomposing compost possible, as it will start to decline after a few weeks.

5. Start planting without adding fertilizer because you already have the perfect soil mix. You can now start planting. For your organometal raised garden bed, you can plant whatever you want and make sure everything is healthy during the growing season. The gardening method used in these types of garden beds is square foot gardening. This method allows you to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and even flowers. When you're done, you can place mulch or hay cuttings on top to keep the soil moist.