Inground Gardening Pros and Cons

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What is inground gardening?

Inground gardens are just what they sound like. While raised beds are built above the soil line, inground gardens are dug right into existing soil.

Raised Beds vs Inground Gardening

In ground gardens are at least equal to, and often superior to, raised beds. There are good reasons to use both methods.

Less expensive

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Inground gardens utilize the soil you already have, and they don’t require any additional framework, so it’s usually less expensive to start an inground garden.

Less upkeep

Since inground gardens don’t have any frames, you don’t need to worry about replacing the structures every few years.

Simple to install

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Unlike raised beds, you don’t need to construct any frames for inground gardens.

Better moisture retention

In ground gardens are a better choice for water-hungry plants and dry areas with good soil.

More natural look

Whereas raised beds invite structural interest, in-ground gardens blend in more naturally.

More space

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Large plants are often better suited to growing in the ground.

More weeds

There are some drawbacks of in ground gardens that you'll want to consider. Weeding is more difficult to keep up with in in ground gardens.

Not suitable for all spaces

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Poor soil is no place to put an in-ground garden.