Not only do raised beds bring interesting height and structure to a garden design, they also elevate the level of the soil to make cultivation and harvesting your vegetables much less strenuous.
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Raised Bed of Salad Crops
A simply constructed raised bed that has been filled with good quality topsoil, improved with plenty of compost, is the perfect place for growing herbs and unusual leaf crops, such as mustard 'Red Giant' and red orach. These cut-and-come-again crops can be cut with a pair of scissors and then rushed back to the kitchen for the freshest leaves.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening
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