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The Right Location for a Raised Bed

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The raised bed is a form of gardening culture which makes use of a horticultural soil elevation system for planting. In a broader sense, it also includes greenhouse cultures and flower boxes used on balconies or terraces. 

Due to their special characteristics, raised beds are also suitable to use as cold frames or in natural gardens. There are aesthetic, as well as practical, reasons for setting up a raised bed in your garden. The elevated planting surface naturally protects plants. The raised bed can be set up anywhere, but you do need to adapt the types of plants to the construction and location you choose.

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Raised Bed in a
Garden

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Especially advantageous is an elongated, rectangular raised-bed garden facing in a North-South direction and located in the open, if the shape and position of your garden or plot of land allows for it.

Raised Bed on a Terrace 

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The raised bed by Bio Green has a special form especially suitable for placing on terraces. In both cases, direct contact with the soil is not possible. This bed is an isolated planting island which requires different maintenance than a raised bed situated in a garden.  

Raised Bed on a
Balcony

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A south-facing balcony is suitable for Mediterranean plants such as lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary. On the other hand, a shady north-facing balcony is perfect for fuchsias, impatiens, bellflowers and wolfbane.

Raised Bed in a Greenhouse

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A raised bed in a greenhouse can be laid out like in a garden, but can also be designed like a table. The planting conditions are like those in a planter on the balcony or terrace and are determined by climatic conditions.

The Garden: Typical Location for a Raised Bed

The garden is the classic location for a raised bed. Outline a particular part of your garden with a border which you fill with fertile soil. Especially advantageous is an elongated, rectangular raised-bed garden facing in a North-South direction and located in the open, if the shape and position of your garden or plot of land allows for it. This way the plants do not rob each other of light and you have easier access to the full surface of the bed.

Other layouts are also suitable for a raised bed, not just if the rectangular form does not fit the shape of your garden. One suggestion is the so-called keyhole garden which allows access to the center of the raised bed through a notch. Do you want to buy a raised bed? In our Bio Green online shop, you will find a large selection of modular raised beds made of larch wood.

The Advantages of a Raised Bed in a Garden

The artificially constructed hugelkultur bed offers several advantages to the plants cultivated on it. The soil is loose and if compost is added to it, it can create the perfect ground for plants to thrive on. Adding compost also causes the soil to heat up, which is especially beneficial for growing plants. The vertical walls of the bed keep small animals out.

When building a raised bed, you can increase protection by lining the ground with a tight wire mesh before planting. This way you deny mice underground access to the bed. Raised beds also prevent soil compaction, which is common in beds on the ground because they are regularly stepped on.

A Raised Bed in a Greenhouse

A raised bed in a greenhouse can be laid out like in a garden, but can also be designed like a table. The planting conditions are like those in a planter on the balcony or terrace and are determined by climatic conditions, which are a result of the glass walls and roofs. Like the simple cold frame, a raised bed in a greenhouse profits from the protection against weather conditions, and from a raise in temperature, which is caused by the optical properties of the glass.

Upgrade your Terrace with a Raised Bed

The larch wood raised bed by Bio Green has a special form especially suitable for placing on terraces. In both cases, direct contact with the soil is not possible. The bed is an isolated planting island which requires different maintenance than a raised bed in a garden.

The water-saving possibilities are especially limited in flower pots or planters. Not only should you make sure that the plants get enough water, however too much water is also harmful for a raised bed on a balcony or terrace. Even if the excess water can be drained, it takes the valuable nutrients from the soil with it.

Regardless, a raised bed on a terrace, like in a garden, is suitable for cultures of kitchen herbs such as parsley, basil, thyme and rosemary, peppermint and sage for herbal tea, and lavender.

A Raised Bed on the Balcony

A raised bed on the balcony differs from one on a terrace in the sense that even less space is available. A flexible modular raised bed construction kit is especially handy in this situation. The lack of space increases the demands on the care even more so that especially low-maintenance plants are recommended.

However, you can also mix the soil with absorbing materials such as hydroton to raise its buffering capacity.  A south facing balcony is suitable for Mediterranean plants such as lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary. On the other hand, a shady north facing balcony is perfect for fuchsias, impatiens, bellflowers and wolfbane.  

The following points sum up the question of location:

  • You can set up raised beds anywhere
  • The classic location is the garden
  • The balcony and terrace offer similar growing conditions
  • The conditions of your location have a stronger influence on isolated raised beds
  • South-facing balconies are especially suitable for Mediterranean plants
  • Cold frames can sometimes compensate for disadvantages in certain locations

The Choice of Location for Your Cold Frame

Generally speaking, every bed can be turned into a cold frame with a proper covering. You need a transparent cover which, like a greenhouse, concentrates the heat and offers the plants optimal growing conditions, even in the winter. With a cold frame, you can make use of the unfavorable spots in your garden, such as the North or windward side.

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