The Content Of The Article:
- Comfortable gardening on the raised bed
- Useful garden tools for the raised bed
- High, higher, raised bed
Raised beds are very much in vogue - because they have a comfortable working height and offer a variety of planting possibilities. The new popularity of raised beds automatically leads to new gardening needs. Many handsets are suddenly too short - and most standard handles, such as shovels or rakes, are too long to be used effectively on the raised bed. In general, it is important in gardening and advisable that handles and stems are chosen in the correct length, in order to work back-friendly. When working near the ground this means: as long as possible so that you can stand upright. When working on the raised bed, on the other hand: not too long to protect the shoulders and not too short, so you do not have to dance on tiptoe around the bed. Fortunately, many garden tools can now be flexibly adjusted to the optimum length. Of course, you can also use this function for raised beds. In addition, there are now a number of modern garden tools especially for the Hochbeetpflege. We introduce a few useful high bed helpers.
Garden tools with a medium stem length are ideal for the raised bed
Comfortable gardening on the raised bed
The classics among the raised bed tools really do not differ from the usual suspects: hand cultivator, shovel, Jäter, grave fork and hand spade or trowel. Since the soil in the raised bed, if properly applied, is loose and permeable, high force tools such as hoes in the raised bed are unnecessary. Those who work exclusively on the raised bed will find it worthwhile investing in special raising tools, such as Burgon & Ball or Sneeboer. The half-length devices with wooden handle are adapted to the work on the raised bed and also look very elegant. If you use classic hand tools with a short handle, use slightly heavier tools made of stainless steel for the raised bed, as you can not use your body weight as usual when digging at chest height. Although the necessary effort in the hands is a little bit larger, but jerks and cultivators made of heavy material practically dig themselves into the ground. Also, use a slightly smaller watering can with a capacity of only five liters for raised beds, as you will need to lift them slightly higher than normal beds.
A hand cultivator with normal stem length is also suitable for work in the raised bed (left). The watering can, however, should have a lower capacity, so you can lift it more easily (right)
Useful garden tools for the raised bed
Equally useful for working on the raised bed is gardening tool, which is already the right size, known only under a different name. A suitable short digging fork, for example, is the four-pronged yaw fork. It is stable and sturdy and has just the right stick length for the raised bed. Even a weed cutter (for example from Fiskars) already has the right length with about one meter. It effortlessly removes wild growth and deep roots. A handy or small fan with metal prongs helps to collect leaves and weeds and to distribute mulch and compost. For hand spades and planting trowels, look for a sharp edge for easy cutting off of soil. The hand cultivator and rake are easier to guide if they have a curved neck. Should it go down a bit, a so-called sow tooth is suitable for loosening up soil, pulling saingaths or serging edges.
Garden tools with exchangeable handle offer flexible application possibilities
High, higher, raised bed
Raised beds are available in very different heights and widths. From 30 to 150 centimeters high, everything is there. For the low versions you need garden tools with a medium long handle for comfortable and back-friendly working. A raised bed at breast height is best handled with traditional hand tools. And usually there is not only a raised bed in the garden, but also discounts at ground level, which also want to be maintained. If you rely on high-quality garden tools for use in the entire garden, the best way to create a brand tool with a change handle. With these combination systems (for example from Gardena), different handle lengths can simply be attached to the blade, cultivator head and Co., depending on the area of application. The disadvantage is that it is bound to a product range because the connector systems can not be combined with other brands. But in general, there is a diverse selection of useful plugs. Another good solution is telescopic handles, which can be extended continuously to the desired length.
Tip: Gardening on the raised bed is also possible with the work tools, which have been reduced in size by half, and are available for purchase in the garden center for children.Although these are usually not of outstanding quality, but colorful and quickly replaced in case of doubt.