Rustic Raised Beds: Pressure treated?

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Rustic Raised Beds

By Englishgardener
December 5, 2016

There are many benefits to using raised beds. Here's one way to make a nice attractive rustic raised bed.

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vandamme
Dec 10, 2016 9:46 AM CST
I got a little worried about pressure treated lumber. I built some flower garden raised beds like these (I used big long galvanized spikes) and they lasted 25 years. I just ripped them out and replaced them with 4X4 lumber so hopefully they will last longer, look better. They sure cost more.

In the vegetable garden I've been using pine logs that I cut down. I planted Christmas trees about 30 years ago so the ones that grew too big need thinning out and are now just the right size for making raised beds. I only use one layer. They last several years if I cut them green, and they're safe and biodegradable.
Name: Brian Halse
Orange, CA (Zone 10a)
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Englishgardener
Dec 13, 2016 1:59 AM CST
25 years is a brilliant return on your investment.
Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
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wayne
Jun 11, 2017 7:20 AM CST
vandamme said:I got a little worried about pressure treated lumber. I built some flower garden raised beds like these (I used big long galvanized spikes) and they lasted 25 years.


That's really impressive.

The pressure treated flower beds I built seven years ago have already crumbled.

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