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CaptObvious
May 14, 2020 7:31 PM CST
Redwood and cedar aren't available in the mid-atlantic area. What type of lumber are people in the mid-atlantic using to build raised garden beds.
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sallyg
May 14, 2020 8:23 PM CST
I used regular pressure treated.
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NJBob
May 14, 2020 8:30 PM CST
Can you get something like this at Lowe's or Home Depot by you. https://www.gardeners.com/buy/...
Home Depot by you might have a treated lumber that is coated. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wo...
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LarryCrutchley
May 14, 2020 9:47 PM CST
I use treated also.Lowes or Home Depot
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gardenfish
May 15, 2020 12:28 AM CST
You can use pressure treated lumber, but some garden experts don't recommend it because the chemicals used could penetrate the soil.Your choice. Treated lasts longer than untreated, but any wood that doesn't have some king of waterproof coating, similar to what you put on decking, will deteriorate over time due to the elements.
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 10:10 AM CST
You can use any type of lumber but, you will have to seal the outside with deck sealant and put a plastic liner on the inside walls (not bottom) to keep the moisture off the wood. I used concrete retaining wall block in mine.
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CaptObvious
May 15, 2020 2:00 PM CST
DaisyI said:You can use any type of lumber but, you will have to seal the outside with deck sealant and put a plastic liner on the inside walls (not bottom) to keep the moisture off the wood. I used concrete retaining wall block in mine.


Thanks for all the replies. I assumed gardeners didn't use treated lumber due to the potential leaking issue. That's why I wanted to avoid it. I've decided to use grow bags for the time being.
I like the idea of using concrete. My brother has lots of bricks he wants to get rid of. Maybe I'll be building a brick box.

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