Yin/Yang: Raised Beds
ground raised up high
humus dark rich and ready
nourishing planted life
Sometimes to fully connect with something, it is essential to step away from the doing of it, and instead focus on the being of it.
Gardening can be hard. It can be frustrating. But, consider that creating a space to garden is a:
joint creation between man’s intention to create a space of tranquility and nature’s ability to comply. (Garden by Family Friend Poem)
The Tao of Gardening, by Pamela Metz, shows that there “is a way of gardening that is a journey and a way of living. It recognizes the inner and outer spiritual dimensions of the many parts that make up the whole of gardening.” There is definitely an invisible string of energy that connects us with the earth we work.
A raised garden bed is the embodiment of Tao for me. It contains the promise of both beauty and food. It can be geometrically shaped or flowing, made of wood or stone, tiered or level, blended within the flora, or boldly stating its presence; working in harmony within the design of your space, while offering a solution to problematic conditions.
The raised bed offers easier access to the soil, to work, plant, water, prune or harvest. The height provides some relief from the aches and pains that come from the bending and stooping required to maintain the garden. It defines the space, holds up the soil, and prevents erosion. It does not get compacted as easily because there is little or no walking occurring in the bed that would tamp the soil down. A raised garden bed can be temporarily altered to accommodate weather or animal issues and create extended growing time. The raised bed can help contain the chaotic bursts of nature.
Next up, more on raised beds. . .
(Note: I usually change the topic to write about every month, but I am going to continue with cultivation into May)
We’ve had raised beds for about 15 years now. The wood we used back then is rotting, so we’re replacing them a few at a time. The thing I like most is the ability to create tall tents (with tall hoops) for the tomatoes or by using short hoops we can protect from deer and birds by using netting. The way I use them I can rotate crops.http://solarbeez.com/2013/01/10/raised-beds-and-companion-planting/
My raised beds are very functional. Drip watering, netting, tenting…works well. I bet there are all kinds of raised beds that are much prettier.
Well, pretty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, pretty is when it all works really well, like your raised beds.