Little space, a sensitive back, the desire to grow your own vegetables – there are many reasons for a raised bed. Everyone agrees on one thing: It should be durable and easy to build. This model is made of Resysta decking boards and only requires a hammer for assembly.
Step by Step
Raised beds are not a new invention, but they are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. Because not everyone has space for several vegetable beds or even likes to chop bent over for hours. The large volume of the raised beds meets the needs of urban gardeners. All it needs is a well-sunny and level location on bare earth. This is the only way for the important soil organisms to get in. If you have problems with voles, you can lay rabbit wire on the floor.
It’s all in the mix
For filling you need coarse shrub cuttings and green waste. This occurs in gardens mainly in spring and autumn, which is why many start the raised bed project then.
In principle, you can let everything grow in it. But mostly a raised bed is used for growing vegetables: care is easier at higher altitudes, the harvest is more productive and voracious snails need more “start-up”. The filling drops a little every year. You can initially compensate for this with compost soil, after a few years the bed should be completely refilled so that the rotting process can heat up growth again.
Resysta is the name of the material from which the verando decking boards and thus also the elements for the raised bed are made. The main ingredient is rice husk. Together with rock salt and mineral oil, they become the composite material Resysta , which promises a long service life and resistance to the effects of the weather.
The beauty of this raised bed: Build it as big as you need it. The verando Bravo raised bed is available in two versions: 59 x 59 cm and 59 x 118 cm. Each row of planks is 14 cm high, you can stack any number of elements on top of each other. The supplied connectors ensure cohesion.
Assemble the first row
Find a firm, level surface for assembly. Stand two planks upright at right angles to each other and secure the corner with a 100mm connector. Then use the third and fourth plank to close the square.
When all corners are connected, hammer in the connectors with a hammer. If you only want to build one row, end it with the 40mm connector. Now the connector should be flush with the floorboards in all corners.
Assemble more rows
For another row, hammer a second long connector into the corners instead of the 40mm connector. This then protrudes 60 mm. Now you can place the planks. Complete the construction of the raised bed with two 40 mm connectors per corner.
If a third row is to follow, fold in a short and a long connector. So again 60 mm protrudes. The principle is simple: If a row is to be set up, a connector must protrude by 60 mm, at the end of the construction these must end with the upper edge of the plank.
The principle also applies to the rectangular model that is twice as large. Here, another row of planks is only used in the middle, perpendicular to the long sides, to stabilize the construction.