Create the raised bed in spring
Compost raised beds are best created in the fall so that they have time to sag over the winter. In the spring they are then filled with soil. Raised beds that are only filled with soil can also be created in spring just before sowing. Instructions for creating a raised bed and all important information can be found here.
- The best plants for the raised bed
- How to build a great raised bed from old bricks
- This work is due on the raised bed in autumn
Maintain the raised bed in spring
As already mentioned, compost raised beds are filled with soil in spring. Then you can start sowing straight away. If you still have plants from the previous year, you should harvest them (e.g. chicory) or chop them up and mix them in.
When can the raised bed be planted in spring?
Mostly the ice saints are used as a guideline date for the start of sowing. It is very unlikely that it will freeze again after mid-May and so the young plants and seeds are safe. However, the season on your raised bed can start earlier if you protect the plants appropriately, e.g. with the help of a cold frame attachment or frost protection film.
Which plants come into the raised bed in spring?
Most of the plants are planted in spring and harvested in summer. For this reason, the season of the year and more the crop rotation plays a role in the selection of plants in the layered raised bed: a cycle of three to four years must be observed, which provides for a change from heavily to medium-consuming to low-consuming plants.
In the first year, heavy consumers such as cabbage, cucumber, zucchini, radish and tomatoes are grown. You can find the full list of high-draining plants for raised beds here.
In the second year, mostly medium consumers are planted, since heavy consumers would not thrive because of the lower nutrients. These include fennel, onions, broad beans, carrots and various herbs. You can find an extensive list here.
In the third year, priority should be given to planting poor eaters such as peas, lettuce and cress. The fourth year can be used as a rest year and for growing green manure.