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#1 Old 08-14-2008, 01:16 PM
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I'm going to be creating some new raised bed gardens in my back yard in an attempt to grow all of the food I need for my personal household.



Originally I wanted to use some recycled plastic/sawdust lumber for the 'green' factor, but I've heard that it's quite prone to warping and would require lots of support other than this "lumber", so I have began to think about what else I could use. Obviously I want to use a low-impact material, but I can't really make up my mind as to what would be best. I would be concerned about just getting some lumber from the local hardware store because I wouldn't know what that wood had come in contact with before it had been to the mill or even during the milling process.



Anyone have any suggestions for me?
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#2 Old 08-14-2008, 02:21 PM
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Concrete blocks are good
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only as a last resort. I would like it to be using natural, local materials, something that I *Could* make
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O/K well tanalized wood is out because it (you might know) leaches into the soil . There are woods that are resistant to rot more than others , you would have to ask around what types there are in your area . You just box it up and staple the inside with black plastic .



Depends what you want it to look like , but you can build a dam of earth (about 6in high )around the garden , when you water you just flood the inside , a couple of inches and let it soak in , its a good way to irrigate a garden .



What are really good (if you are near railways , some garden centers have them ) are old railway sleepers < thats what we call them down here , They are the wooden supports that the rails lay on .....they will out last you .
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