PAINTBOX GARDEN DESIGNS are based on a series of raised beds, displayed in a decorative pattern to show off an array of ornamental edibles. Instead of all the vibrant colors competing in one large garden, the Paint Box Garden lets you plant by color to create a patchwork quilt with color and a range of colorful vegetables and flowers.
Instead of digging a garden in the earth, create a series of raised beds by stacking wood together to form an enclosed area. Fill it with topsoil or compost and you have an instant garden. This is especially beneficial if your soil is composed of heavy clay or is otherwise difficult to amend for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Raised beds offer several other advantages: They lift plants higher, which protects them from the early spring frost. They are also a deterrent for rabbits and dogs, as well as a natural barrier against grass and weeds.
There are numerous options for what to use for your raised beds the best materials will be those that are made with untreated, rot-resistant wood. These include cedar, cypress, and any hardwood indigenous to your area that has not been treated with chemicals. Wood will not last forever, but it sure beats plastic, which can leach into the soil, leaving residuals that may affect the health of your crops.
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