Garden DIY

Build a Mini Raised Bed from a Fruit Crate

If you don’t have a garden and have little space, you don’t have to do without fresh herbs and home-grown vegetables. Mini raised beds for balconies or patios can be built from fruit boxes.

Choose suitable plants

When choosing the plants, you should consider the location of the mini raised bed – depending on whether it is sunny, in the shade or in partial shade. In principle, plants that do not have too deep roots such as salads, strawberries and herbs are suitable for planting the fruit boxes. But also Swiss chard, garlic, baby carrots, tomatoes and radishes feel at home in this environment. To avoid waterlogging, you should make sure that the water can drain off. Therefore, provide the fruit boxes with drainage holes – if the container does not have any yet – and cut the foil between the floor boards in three to four places. A drainage layer is also useful.

You need this:

  • Fruit crate; here with the dimensions 50 x 30 x 40 cm (W x H x D)
  • 8 m wooden slats made of spruce / fir, planed 24 x 44 mm
  • water-permeable plastic fabric or stable film
  • Wood screws 3.5 x 35 mm, e.g. B. from SPAX
  • Paint for the outside in white, e.g. B. Weisslack from Alpina
  • Folding rule, pencil
  • Jigsaw, clamp
  • Sanding block with 150 grit sandpaper
  • Cordless sander with 150 and 180 grit sandpaper
  • Cordless drill with 3 mm wood drill bit
  • Scissors, craft knife
  • Tacker with 8 mm staples
  • Brush, paint roller, if necessary paint tray
  • Wooden blocks, foil, paper to lay out

Materials for the planting:

  • Expanded clay
  • Potting soil
  • Weed fleece 40 x 50 cm or cotton kitchen towel
  • Herbs, vegetables, flowers
  • Planting trowel

Cut wooden slats