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Sleeping soils get a wake up call

How to rouse your raised bed gardens

Apr. 3, 2017  –  Ever heard of a bed that gets tired? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) April 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how to wake up raised garden bed soils and keep them healthy.

Raised garden bed“Raised beds are a great choice because their soils warm up more quickly, which can prolong the growing season,” says soil scientist Mary Tiedeman. “Raised beds promote soil drainage, provide adequate space for root growth, and can also be quite beautiful. Lastly, individual raised beds can be managed differently, which allows for growing plants (such as blueberries) that require specific soil conditions.”

A few simple tips include:

  • Avoid soil compaction by using designate pathways.
  • Promote drainage suitable to your soil.
  • Amend your soil.
  • Cover your soil to avoid erosion.

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The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), founded in 1955, is an international scientific society comprised of 6,000+ members with its headquarters in Madison, WI. Members advance the discipline of crop science by acquiring and disseminating information about crop breeding and genetics; crop physiology; crop ecology, management, and quality; seed physiology, production, and technology; turfgrass science; forage and grazinglands; genomics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology; and biomedical and enhanced plants.

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