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G6985 Raised-Bed Gardening, MU Extensionhttp://extension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06985.htm1 of 51/8/2006 10:57 πµFigure 1Temporary raised beds can be created by digging soil in a 3- to 4-foot wide bed. Digging loosens the soil and keeps it higher than surroundingground if there is no foot or equipment traffic.Raised-Bed GardeningChristopher J. StarbuckDepartment of HorticultureRaised-bed gardening is a popular technique for growing plants in Missouri. Beds are both useful and attractive in thelandscape. Vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs may be grown in raised beds.Advantages of raised-bed gardeningBetter drainageGrowing plants in raised beds is a logical choice for gardeners with heavy, poorly drained soils. Raised beds permitplant roots to develop in soil held above water-logged or compacted zones. This provides a more optimum soilenvironment for root growth. As beds are built up, compost or other forms of organic matter may be incorporated,further improving so...