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Interest in vegetable gardening is more than just a trend. Reports from around the horticulture industry affirm the popularity of vegetable gardening. And, rightly so, it is healthy, fun and saves tons of money on fresh produce each year.

One option for gardeners is to use raised beds for vegetable gardening. Benefits of using raised beds include:

  • Flexibility – a raised bed can be placed anywhere one desires, including on concrete, poor soil or patios
  • Ease of maintenance – according to the Greenland Gardener website, four 4x8 raised beds only require 15 minutes of maintenance or less. That includes harvesting, weeding and watering.
  • Better soil - by allowing the gardener to control the quality of the soil
  • Ideal for small space or beginner gardeners

Do-it-yourself gardeners can build their own raised bed out of rot resistant wood such as cedar or redwood. The Home Depot offers a handy five-step instruction here: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Building_a_raised_bed&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053.

Another option is to purchase a raised bed kit.

Greenland Gardener Raised Garden Kit is an excellent choice made from a composite material that saves 16 pounds of plastic and wood flour from landfills per bed. Made from recycled plastic and wood, it will not rot. It is very easy to assemble, requiring no tools. The Greenland Gardener website offers many tips and tricks, including an excellent article on companion planting. Also, be sure to check out the photo gallery to inspiration and ideas.

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