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10 Golden Raised Beds Tips For Successful Gardening

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Among garden professionals, the raised bed has long been a must. More recently, hobby gardeners have also unearthed the benefits this practical kitchen or balcony garden brings: be it the back-friendly working position or the optimal growth and harvesting conditions. If you are already convinced of a raised bed, then these 10 professional tips are just right for you.

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1. How much sun should the ideal raised bed location have?

The right location for the raised bed can be chosen according to aesthetic reasons. For vegetables, however, the spot should be as bright and sunny as possible. Keep in mind though: cucumbers and zucchini need a somewhat wind-protected place in the garden, whereas tomatoes and peppers are not as sensitive.

2. Can a raised bed be used as a cold frame?

If plants are cultivated under foil or glass, the heated and humid air provides for faster and earlier growth. This is not only important in the spring, but also for continuous breeding during the year. This way you can continually reap a harvest. Therefore, if you can combine a raised bed and a cold frame, there is nothing to stand in the way of a bountiful harvest. As of the middle of February, when it is still too cold on the ground, you will be able to cultivate lettuce and still harvest crisp field salad in the late autumn.

3. What are the advantages of a raised bed for gardening?

Plants germinate and grow better and more evenly, produce higher yields and are ready to be harvested significantly earlier than those growing on the ground. You can cultivate a larger variety of plants, including heat-loving ornamental plants, vegetables or Mediterranean herbs. During the decomposing process, heat and nutrients are released, which are of great benefit to the plants.

4. Which soil should be used for the layers?

On the coarse compost, with which you have filled the raised bed, now follows a layer of normal garden soil. Fill the raised bed to just below the edge. The compost automatically enriches the soil with important nutrients. Gently pat this layer. 

5. What are the advantages of a raised bed made of larch wood?

The Windsor raised bed is made of Northern European larch. Larch wood is among the European conifer trees heaviest and hardest wood; it is weather-resistant and comparable to oak.

6. What materials should be used to fill a raised bed?

When it comes to correctly filling the raised garden bed, only suggestions can be made since it all comes down to the materials available to you. Like in compost, the right mix is key. For example, if no branches are available for the drainage layer, use chips or bark. No turf around? Mix compost, straw or foliage instead.

7. Why are foils used in a raised bed?

In the spring or autumn you can wrap bubble foil around the raised bed. This keeps the heat in the bed and promotes the decomposition and thus the heating of the soil, so you can sow earlier or harvest longer. No foil is necessary in the Windsor raised garden bed, but mulch film (fabric foil) protects the wood.

8. What can be cultivated in a raised bed?

Most likely you will use your raised garden bed to grow vegetables and herbs. There are no differences compared to a "normal garden", except that the cultivating can be done earlier, longer, more comfortably and that the harvest will be more bountiful. If different vegetables are cultivated together on a bed, consider their varying nutrient needs. (Herbs, for example, need little nutrients, otherwise they lose taste and fragrance.) Whether neighboring plants tolerate, or even repel, one another also depends on the types of plants you have chosen. Inform yourself in advance or you will not succeed. Tip: ornamental plants are less problematic – they just need proper lighting to thrive.

9. How often should the raised bed be watered?

Like in the garden, the watering depends on the culture, the season, the weather and the soil. It is best to do it properly once rather than five times with too little water. Automatic irrigation (droplet irrigation) is practical.

10. How often should the raised bed be renewed?

The components of the layers rot to form compost over time, releasing heat and nutrients. Through this process, however, the bed gradually collapses so that either the filling or only the cultivation layer should be renewed after about three years.

We have put together more information about optimal raised bed assembly, location and cultivation for you in our blog.

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