Pathway Size: Planning Your Paths
Materials for the Pathways
- Pebbles – Pros: Attractive looking. Water drains well. Prevents weeds. Cons: Expensive. Can be hard to push heavy wheelbarrows through. May reflect undesirable amounts of heat.
- Mulch – Pros: Attractive. Easier to push wheelbarrows through than pebbles. Prevents weeds. Cons: May harbor plant diseases or microbes. Breaks down and must be replaced over time.
- Grass – Pros: Natural. Can use existing grass. Cuts down on heat. Cons: You have to mow it frequently. If allowed to go to seed, can spread grass or weed seeds into vegetable beds.
- Collection of Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Links
- Replenishing Raised Bed Garden Soil
- How to Build a Garden Using Raised Beds
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.