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Birds may not be uppermost in your mind when first planning a vegetable garden, but the truth is, they play an essential role in every garden. Many bird species are important predators of crop pests, while birds of prey will deal with any rodents. A wide range of birds can become regular visitors to your garden if their needs are met...
The leaves are falling, there may be frosts in your area, but if the soil is still workable this is a great time to start or expand a vegetable garden by creating new beds. If you've done an Internet search on the subject, you could be forgiven for thinking that the only modern option is to build raised beds to grow your vegetables in. But are raised beds really necessary?