Build a raised bed - that's how it works

Raised beds can be a very meaningful thing in the garden, and also a decorative eye-catcher. The advantages of raised beds and how high walls can be fortified are shown in detail in this article.

Benefits of raised beds

A raised bed has numerous advantages over traditional beds:

  • Pests have a hard time getting into the bed
  • Beneficiaries find in raised beds a very pleasant habitat and like to stay there
  • the bed is heated better, thus longer cultivation and harvest times are possible
  • in high beds of stone: very good insulation of the bed from the outside
  • the need for fertilizer is significantly reduced (it creates particularly nutrient-rich soil through the rotting in the bed)
  • Gardening is much easier with a raised bed than with the classic bed and also much more back-friendly
  • in very cohesive soils with poor infiltration performance, raised beds prevent the rotting of plants in moist soil.

Natural stone versus brick

Natural stones look more pleasant and harmoniously blend in with the look of the garden. Selected and pre-machined stones are significantly more expensive than bricks and often more difficult to work. There is a much wider selection of colors and sizes. For higher beds, you must plan a double-row processing and ring anchors.

Bricks are cheaper, easier to wall, but you need to make sure stones are frost resistant and insensitive to moisture (both can be problematic with bricks). Clinker looks particularly good for outdoor use, but the brick-walling of a raised bed is more difficult than with other bricks.

Building a raised bed - step by step instructions

  • Gravel for foundation
  • bricks
  • mortar
  • Thick bed mortar
  • fleece
  • floor grilles
  • filling material
  • spirit level
  • plummet
  • spade
  • rüttelplatte

1. Create a foundation

Dig out a foundation ditch (at least 20 cm deep). Compact the trench bottom with the vibrating plate. Fill the gravel and compact each layer.

2nd first stone row

Put the first stone row in a thick bed and align each stone carefully

3. Finish the wall

Row by row, brick the stones. Thereafter, the raised bed can be built with the usual materials. Cover the inside with fleece cover the floor with a grid. First lay tree and shrub leaves in the bed, then deciduous and green waste. Then comes a layer of manure, about a compost-soil mixture and finally the actual potting soil, which should be as nutritious as possible.

Tips & Tricks

Create a raised bed best in the fall. Alternatively, the months of February and March are ideal. Incidentally, it is also possible to use gabion elements or natural dry stone as a border for a raised bed.

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