Raised Garden or Container Garden???
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|Tue, 05-24-2011 - 11:25am|
Which is more cost effective? I'd planned on building a couple raised gardens, and planting things like lettuce (easy), tomatoes, peas, squash, zuchini, and maybe some flowers. However, the more I got to thinkning, the more I think container gardens may be better because of our location. It's May and we've gotten more snow this month than we have all winter! If I'd planted a garden in a raise bed, I'd have probably lost it all by now. I know I can cover them, though. I don't know if covering them would protect against hail (which we've gotten on and off all morning today). Container gardens can be brought inside if the weather's bad, but then you have the storage issue. Where do you store them all winter? My garage isn't that big! lol I think the initial price may be comperable, with the container gardens being a little less expensive (maybe). I also need to think of what will keep my dogs and the critters out (we get rabbits, and possibly foxes and coyatoes). The mini-schnauzers aren't a big issue. They can only jump so high! lol The lab, however is a challenge, especially since he's still a puppy. If I built raised gardens, I'd add seating on the edges. Major plus for my teenagers when they have friends over. Container gardens would probably have to go on the patio, which we'd eventually like to build a wall around, and then placement of them for them to get enough sun may be limited. The back yard is plenty big enough for a couple 8x12' raised beds. I'd probably start with just one this year (if we even get to it this year--we're working on planting a LOT of baby pine trees and are about 1/2 way to what we want with about 60 [we're digging them up from a friend's house, not buying them!]).