Building stone beds

Heat retaining stone beds for heat-loving plants

We hat a job working in someone’s garden where we should remove larger and smaller boulders. Of course we took these boulders home with us and made 2 beautiful plant beds with these stones. We used our wheel loader to position the larger boulders. Other than that it is manual work. A plant bed out of boulders is heavy and exhausting, but the result is worth the effort.

To start with my husband positioned the larger stones, after that we filled out the spaces in between with the smaller stones. Than what’s left is filling up the bed with soil, spreading out the soil and finished is the plant bed.

We had a lot of smaller boulders left, so we build another smaller plant bed. To get a curtain height it needs a broad base and then all that is left to do is stack the stones until all have been used. Again fill up with soil, spreading out the soil and finished is the plant bed.

The stones retain the heat of the sun and keep the temperature at night a little higher. I hope to have better results with tomatoes and eggplants in the larger stone bed compared to the normal beds with wood around them. First I am going to use the stone bed for early sowing under cover. Tomatoes and eggplants can’t be planted outside until the middle of Mai any how.