Spring project: build a raised bed
In addition to being a real eye-catcher in your garden, raised beds also guarantee a bountiful harvest. You can design this type of flowerbed or buy it pre-assembled. If you want to get started with building a raised bed, here you will find a guide and some helpful tips on installing and setting up raised beds.
The advantages of a raised bed: easy gardening, abundant harvest
A raised bed brings diversity to the garden. Whether you grow beautiful, colorful flowers or use it as a vegetable garden, a beautifully landscaped flowerbed always makes a splash in a garden. And what’s more, it makes gardening easier: no more back pain and stiffness when you take care of your plants!
Even though raised beds are mainly used for growing vegetables and herbs, you can actually compose them however you want and grow whatever you want in them! With its multiple layers of decaying garden waste, your flower bed promises a particularly bountiful harvest! Another advantage: due to its shape and height, it makes it difficult to reach, a flower bed offers your flowers and vegetables natural protection against slugs, snails, and pests.
As soon as, seduced by these undeniable advantages, you have chosen to arrange one or more raised beds in your garden, there are practical questions and in particular that of the implementation of your project. Good news: it is extremely easy to make a raised bed yourself! All in all, you only need a frame of about 80 to 90 cm. Once firmly anchored in the ground, all you have to do is fill it with compost and soil. Well-equipped DIY enthusiasts will be able to think about the type of material best suited to their garden as well as solutions to make their task easier. If you don’t have the time and energy to devote to making one yourself, there are solutions! With the prefabricated flower beds sold as a kit and fully pre-assembled models.
How to build a raised bed?
Once you have made the decision to make a raised bed yourself, then search for the most suitable material. Wood, stone, plastic, metal, discarded EUR pallets, or even bamboo, the possibilities are endless. However, keep in mind that some materials (such as coir rugs) decompose naturally and therefore only have a limited lifespan. As you will need to renew the soil every 5 years, you can perfectly take advantage of the opportunity to replace your flowerbed. For more tranquility, turn to raised flowerbeds masonry or filled with natural stone gabions.
In order to make the most of your raised garden, we recommend that you start at a height of around 80 cm. Also, make sure that your flowerbed is not too deep so that it can be easily accessed from all sides. If you opt for a raised bed kit, you won’t have to worry about the dimensions and can start installing it right in your garden.
- Remove the grassy layer as well as ten cm of soil on the planned surface, aerate the soil then install the anchors of the bed in the soil.
- Build the walls and cover the ground with a thick mesh that you will fix securely, leaving about 10 to 20 cm, to protect it from voles.
- Dress the interior walls (not the ground!) Of your flower bed with a pond cover or suitable bubble wrap. This helps protect your flower bed from moisture and prevent the soil from drying out while providing the heat necessary for the decomposition of organic matter.
- Now is the time to fill your bed with plant waste, soil, compost, and horticultural soil and sow or plant the varieties of flowers and vegetables you choose.