Before: A 4×8 raised bed after a long winter and spring, filled with weeds from wind-blown seeds.

How long does it take to weed your garden? In just 12 minutes, I was able to take a weedy 4×8 raised bed and make it ready for planting.

The before-and-after photos show one of the big benefits of raised bed gardening: Pulling weeds is fast and easy. Because the soil was loose, the weeds came right out, with very little elbow grease. It’s so satisfying — I can’t wait to fill it with plants.

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After: 12 minutes later, I have a blank canvas for a crop of greens and vegetables.
Deborah Miuccio, Gardener’s Supply