What are heavy consumers?
Plants that consume a lot of energy are plants that need a lot of nutrients for their growth and the formation of fruits, such as all types of cabbage. Since they exhaust the soil so much, heavy horticulturalists are only planted every three years. In the raised bed they are used in the first year.
- Plant raised beds in the 2nd year
- Plant a raised bed with vegetables
- Plant the raised bed with herbs
For the raised bed, the following heavy consumers can be cultivated in the first year:
|Heavy Eater||Prefer under glass||Sow outdoors||Harvest time|
|artichoke||March to April||April to August||July to November, January to March|
|Eggplant||February to April||May||July to September|
|cauliflower||February to June||May to June||June to October|
|broccoli||March to June||May to June||June to October|
|Chinese cabbage||May to June||June to July||September to October|
|Strawberries||April to May or August to September||June to October|
|Cucumbers||February to May||Mid May to late June||June to October|
|Kale||Early April to late July||July||October to March|
|Carrots||March to June||July to November|
|Potatoes||March to April||April to June||July to September|
|Kohlrabi||March to June||June to October|
|pumpkin||April to May||May to June||Late June to October|
|leek||March to May||June||September to the end of January|
|Corn||Mid-March to April||May to June||Mid June to mid October|
|Swiss chard||April to August||July to October|
|paprika||January to April||July to October|
|radish||April to September||May until October|
|radish||March to August||May to November|
|rhubarb||April to May||September to December||April to August|
|Brussels sprouts||April to May||October to March|
|Beetroot||April to June||August to November|
|Red cabbage||March to May||June to November|
|celery||February to April||May||September to October|
|spinach||March to April or August to September||March, May to June or October|
|tomatoes||January to April||July to mid-October|
|White cabbage & savoy cabbage||March to May||June to November|
|zucchini||April to May||Mid May to June||June to October|
Here you can find the complete sowing and harvesting calendar from the garden journal.
Maintain the raised bed properly
Heavy eaters need a lot of nutrients. If you have layered your raised bed, it is supplied with sufficient nutrients so that you do not have to fertilize. Otherwise you should fertilize as described here. However, the heavily consuming plants also need a lot of water. Tomatoes and pumpkins, for example, are particularly in need of water. It is therefore essential to ensure that there is sufficient water supply, especially on hot summer days. Water in the morning and / or evening when the raised bed is in the shade to prevent evaporation. You can find out more about maintenance here.
Find out in this post which plants are put on the raised bed in the second year.