Creative idea: fruit box as mini-bed

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At the end of July / beginning of August, the heyday of Geranium and Co. is slowly coming to an end. At the same time, it is still too early for the autumn planting. Editor Dieke van Dieken bridges the summer with a combination of perennials and grasses. A few simple steps and a discarded fruit crate will be the colorful mini-bed for the next few weeks.

Material for the mini-bed

All ingredients at a glance

You need this:

  • old fruit box
  • potting soil
  • expanded clay
  • water-permeable fleece
  • decorative gravel
  • black foil
  • hand shovel
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • Cuttermesser

In our example, we chose purple perennial phlox, blue-purple steppe sage, white cushion aster, and dark-leaved purple bell, as well as New Zealand sedge and red lamprey grass.

Step by step: Build a mini-bed from a fruit box

Apply foil

Remove excess film

Attach black foil to the inside of the box (left) and remove the rest of the box (right)

First, the box is lined with black foil. In our example, we take a big, tear-resistant garbage bag for it. Attach the foil to the top boards with a tacker. The plastic protects the wood from rot and so no earth trickles through the cracks. Important: The film needs enough space, especially in the corners! If she sits too tight, she can tear out the attachment under the weight of the earth. The overlapping foil is cut off with a cutter about two centimeters below the edge, so that the lining is not visible later.

Create vent holes

Fill with expanded clay

Cut the foil at the bottom in several places (left) and fill in a layer of expanded clay (right)

To prevent waterlogging, several vent holes must be created by cutting the foil between the floorboards at three or four places. As a drainage serves a four to five centimeters thick layer of expanded clay.

Insert fleece

Fill potting soil

Apply water-permeable fleece over the expanded clay (left). Then the box can be filled with earth (right)

A fleece prevents soil from being flushed into the expanded clay layer and adding it. Be sure to use water-permeable non-woven fabric to allow moisture to flow through. Fill in so much of the potting soil that the plants are stable in the box during distribution.

Pot plants

Plant box

Pot plants (left) and arrange them in the mini-bed (right)

The pots are easier to peel off when the bale is well moistened. Therefore, treat dry plants to a dip before setting. Heavily rooted bales should be gently torn open with fingers to facilitate growth. Distributing starts with the big candidates and then places the smaller ones in the front. For a nice effect, the distances are relatively narrow. If one converts the plants - except for the one-year lamprey grass - after flowering in the garden bed, they get naturally more space.

Fill in gaps

Fill in the decorative gravel

Close any gaps between the plants with soil (left) and cover with ornamental gravel (right)

The gaps between the plants are filled with soil so far that the substrate is about two fingers wide under the edge. A cover of fine ornamental gravel looks chic and ensures that the earth does not dry out so quickly.


Finally, water the bed well

It is poured at the end and only after the finished mini-bed has been put in its final place. Another tip: Due to its capacity, a planted fruit box is much heavier than a balcony box. If you want to reduce weight, you can reduce the size of the box by removing the four upper slats in advance.


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