All Things Gardening forum: Raised bed with recycled wood

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Einzo
Jul 20, 2017 3:54 AM CST
Hello,

I have some spare planks of recycled wood (imgur.com/gallery/tbUXG) (I put some pics because i'm not sure that's how you call this wood) about 3cm thick that I wanted to make a raised bed with, but i'm afraid they would get destroyed by water in no time, is there a way to make it work? Coating or covering? Or should I just forget about this idea?

Thanks.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 21, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Einzo .

The wood that you have appears to me to be a type of "particle board," with lots of little shreds and pieces compressed and glued together. There are lots of perfectly good ways that type of wood can be used, but I don't think raised beds is one of those uses; they will quickly disintegrate from the moisture. Several coats of paint could make it last a little longer -- but I think you would be much happier with your results if you could get some actual lumber, preferably something that is rot-resistant.

Also, I'd suggest posting photos here using the "upload an image" button (beneath the message box), which eliminates the extra step(s) needed to view photos on a separate site. Smiling
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greene
Jul 21, 2017 6:38 PM CST
I did a copy/paste and was able to view the image. However, it's just a picture without any more information. Where was the lumber purchased? What is the name of it? Who is the manufacturer? What is the intended use?

From just the photo I can say...if it gets wet it will probably swell up, fall apart and leave glue residue in your soil.

Better to use real wood and leave the glue out of the garden. Thumbs up
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Yardenman
Jul 22, 2017 2:13 AM CST
greene said:I did a copy/paste and was able to view the image. However, it's just a picture without any more information. Where was the lumber purchased? What is the name of it? Who is the manufacturer? What is the intended use?

From just the photo I can say...if it gets wet it will probably swell up, fall apart and leave glue residue in your soil.

Better to use real wood and leave the glue out of the garden. Thumbs up


Of all possible frames for gardening beds, particle board is probably the worst. Untreated pine is next worst. I used pressure-treated pine. If I had it to do over again, I would use cinder block or maybe upright pavers.

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crawgarden
Jul 22, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Untreated Cedar works the best for garden beds.
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