Generel advantages of raised bed
A raised bed produces up to 4 times higher yields due to optimal conditions for soil, temperature and light. This is due to several important factors:
In a raised bed the soil stays porous, because no one is walking on it. This makes it easier for the roots of the plant to develop downwards instead of sideways. Consequently, you can place the plants closer together and harvest more.
The good and humus-rich soil in the raised bed will be loose and moist from the outset. Soon it will be filled with plenty of earthworms and essential microorganisms that will contribute to the preservation of the good soil structure for years to come.
When the soil is raised above the surrounding level, there is no risk of water accumulating. The roots will always have sufficient oxygen and the soil will be ready for planting earlier in the spring.
As the bed is raised above normal ground level, the plants receive more light. This is particularly important during the short days of early spring and late autumn. Extra light makes it possible to place the plants closer together than on open ground, and the yield per square metre will increase.
The bed is heated faster by the sun, because the soil is above normal ground level and is heated from above as well as the sides.
– of a COVERED raised bed: GrowCamp
When choosing a raised bed with cover, there are even more advantages to be had:
• Avoid snails, insects and other undesirables e.g. deer, cats, stray balls.
• Protects against heavy rain and wind – ensures vigorous and crisp vegetables.
One of the most important advantages of GrowCamp is that you can avoid using pesticides.
The net covering effectively keeps out carrot flies, cabbage white butterflies and snails. Any deer, cats, play equipment etc. will also not be able to destroy the crops. You can serve your garden vegetables with a clear conscience – flawless and organic!
The Insect net has other important features than just keeping out undesirable elements: The net protects against strong sunlight, blocks the wind and shields against heavy rain.
The structure of the net allows 90% of the rain to penetrate and trickle gently through. The protected environment contributes to making the vegetables crisp and delicious, as opposed to stringy and coarse.
With its plastic sides, the GrowCamp functions as a greenhouse.
• Start early and finish late every year – and harvest several times.
• Grow chillies, tomatoes, cucumbers and other greenhouse plants
The plastic cover protects against the cold and a light night frost, making the tent act as a greenhouse.
The temperature of the soil is essential for germination and growth. Even a few degrees extra warmth will extend the growing season significantly. Already by the end of April or early May, you will be able to harvest new potatoes and prepare the first bowl of home-grown salad.
Greenhouse plants will thrive in the bed. This is due not least to being able to ventilate more effectively than in a greenhouse. Due to the flexibility of the plastic sides, they can be rolled up entirely to allow the cooling wind to flow through when the weather is hot.
Many crops overwinter and continue their growth in early spring. Celery, chives, spinach and parsley will do fine, in spite of a light frost outside. So, you can be self-sufficient for a large part of the year.
GrowCamp is supplied with plastic gable ends. The sides are fitted with netting which can be covered with plastic. Both the net and plastic are fitted with Velcro on the sides and at the bottom. The net should normally only be rolled up, when working or harvesting in the bed.
Plastic sides are rolled down both day and night during the cold months, but as soon as the sun gets warmer, the tent warms up quickly and the sides should then be rolled up during the day.
When not growing plants which require a lot of heat (greenhouse plants), the plastic sides may be detached completely during the summer months or they may be rolled up at all times.
You may also choose to have plastic sides attached on one side only. This will prove especially beneficial, if you place the bed in a windy position or in coastal areas, where there is a risk of sea fog.