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Raised beds also have advantages in the garden. These include, for example, the comfortable and back-friendly working height. This also makes it more difficult for voracious snails to get in.
In contrast to a regular garden bed, you can adjust the composition of the filling exactly to the needs of the plants. If you fill the raised bed according to the layer system, decomposition processes take place in it, releasing heat. The higher temperatures provide your plants with optimal growing conditions.
Last but not least, raised beds are visually very appealing. They allow you a versatile garden design and you can use them to separate different areas or hide smaller eyesores behind them.
To save you a little watering work, I recommend that you set up the bed near a water supply if possible.
Do not place the raised bed on the balcony or terrace directly on the flooring. The subsoil partly prevents excess water from draining away, which can lead to waterlogging.
By the way, ideal conditions are offered by a location in the greenhouse, where it is much better protected from the weather than outside.
Metal, for example aluminium, steel, stainless steel or corrugated sheet metal, is extremely weather-resistant and requires no extra lining inside. However, it is not everyone's cup of tea visually.
Wood has a very beautiful natural look. However, the material is more maintenance-intensive than the other variants. You have to paint it regularly with a suitable wood preservative to prevent the formation of a patina and other weather-related changes to the natural material.
Raised beds made of stone look natural and rustic at the same time. Natural stone has the advantage that it stores heat, which has a positive effect on plant growth. In addition, the beds are very stable. However, if you often change your garden design, a solid granite version is not the best choice.
Plastic, on the other hand, is lightweight, easy to maintain and weather-resistant. However, synthetic materials can leach into the soil and thus the plants. Especially if you want to grow crops, this is not ideal.
With a suitable acrylic or glass top you can turn your raised bed into a cold frame and start planting even earlier.
In the following table I provide you with some planting suggestions for the individual months:
End of March / beginning of April
End of April
June / July
September / October
You can also harvest delicious fruit from your raised beds - strawberries, for example. Depending on the variety, you can plant them either in April or in August and September.
If you want to use your raised bed for herbs, plant the seeds in spring.
In addition to useful plants, you can of course also design your raised bed with flowers. When sowing, follow the recommended times that also apply to the regular flower bed. You can plant bulbs as early as autumn and then enjoy the first flowers in spring.
To find out how much soil you need, calculate the volume using the formula width x height x depth in centimetres. If you divide this value by 1,000, you will know approximately how much soil will fit.
If you fill your raised bed in layers, only the top one will be made of soil. This should be about 15 centimetres. So the calculation at this point is: width x 15 cm x depth.
This calculation only works for raised beds with a square or rectangular shape. However, you can find helpful volume calculators online for planters in a wide variety of shapes.
coarse pruning and branches
Due to the layer system, the roots are optimally aerated and find plenty of valuable nutrients.
If the planting of your raised bed consists only of ornamental plants, you can also simply give just like in a planter box or in pots only potting soil.
Pond liner is well suited. However, you should not choose PVC foil. The polyvinyl chloride variants contain a relatively large number of plasticizers that can dissolve out and pass into the soil and plants. Films made of polyethylene (PE) or ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM) are more harmless and ecological.
Even more suitable for lining is bubble foil. In most cases, this does not require plasticizers - but you can also find products made of PVC here. In addition, the dimpled structure allows air to circulate in the bed and acts as drainage. Apply the foil with the studs facing the wall.
For both crops and flowers, the rule is: put large plants in the middle and smaller ones around the edges. This prevents them from taking each other's light.
To enjoy a sea of flowers, plant flowers that bloom at the same time together in the bed.
These are usually somewhat smaller than raised beds for the garden. This makes sense not only in terms of the footprint, which is usually somewhat smaller on the balcony and terrace. Especially on the balcony, it is important that you keep the load-bearing capacity in mind. Raised beds plus contents weigh quite a few kilos. A large model with a corresponding capacity can, under certain circumstances, bring the statics to their limits.
Variants with feet or even legs, so-called table beds, are advantageous. On the one hand, they do not require any underlay, which is a must for beds that stand directly on the balcony or terrace floor. On the other hand, they provide a comfortable working height despite their smaller dimensions.
If you are looking for a raised bed that is suitable for the balcony or terrace, you can specify this in the filter options in our price comparison. This way, only suitable offers will be displayed.
Simple DIY raised bed made of wood: For the bed itself, you only need four posts and boards or decking boards for the walls. It's best to choose untreated wood. The most important thing is that you prepare the area well. This means measuring, marking out, removing the turf, levelling the surface with a shovel and laying out a garden fleece. Then drive the corner posts into the ground and attach the boards to them. Use stainless steel screws that will not rust.
An even simpler raised bed made of pallets: Prepare the ground well here too. Now align two pallets at right angles to each other, place them flush against each other and connect them with screws. Do the same with the other two pallets. Screw the two parts together and your raised bed is ready. The straight transport surface of the pallets belongs to the inside.
If you prefer stone as the material for your raised bed, you can find suitable gabion grids in our price comparison, which you can assemble into a plant basket and fill with stones. If you dare, you can also build a permanent raised bed.
You can find detailed instructions and helpful videos for all variants on the Internet.