raised beds

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by dtking, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. dtking

    dtking Member

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    Hello all! I'm new to the forum and have a question.What is a long lasting wood for raised beds? I'm thinking locust,any help or input would be welcomed.Thanks.
     
  2. GeorgiaberryM

    GeorgiaberryM Well-Known Member

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    Cedar, redwood, bald cypress, all very expensive but resist rot.
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  3. Karen

    Karen Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We use cement blocks. They last forever and were cheaper than wood.
     
  4. dtking

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    Thanks,I'll try a few beds with blocks.
     
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    delphinium Well-Known Member

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    I use flakes (books) of straw. Holds in the soil and moisture, amends the soil as it breaks down and weighs a lot less than wood or concrete.
     
  6. hmsteader71

    hmsteader71 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do you guys like using the raised beds? We are looking at doing that this year.
     
  7. meganwf

    meganwf Well-Known Member

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    My old raised beds were cedar but after about 9 years they need replaced and I thought I would just leave them unframed. Then I was looking at The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch at the library and on p. 205 she has a neat illustration of garden frames to use over your framed raised beds. The look like empty pictures frames that are the exact dimensions of your raised bed (or a reasonable length to make lifting them easy). You cover the frames with various materials for a variety of purposes:

    Clear plastic over a frame: protection against frost
    Agricultural fabric over the frame: protection from insects and some frost protection
    Black plactic over a frame: keeps weeds from growing in a bed not being used
    Chicken wire over a frame: protects against animals
    Lath or snow fence over a frame: gives shade to protect plants
    Empty frame: use as a spacer between bed and covered frame as plants grow

    I think this might work to help me keep the chickens out of my beds!