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Post  lsaloga on 8/13/2012, 7:03 pm

Not having any luck finding the cedar or redwood boards - can you use fir or pine? Thanks

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Post  southern gardener on 8/13/2012, 7:31 pm

We have used pine with pretty good results. Even if you need to replace them a few years down the road, which we haven't, they are so inexpensive it's not too bad. We are in So. Calif so not rough weather.

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Post  barmstr on 9/7/2012, 12:02 am

Some have used cedar fencing. Search the web and you will find some great sites about building cedar sag beds. Be sure to make them at least 6"s deep. This is from my own experience. I work at the Lowes in Corona if your in the area-stop by.

Have a good time planting and enjoy the time outside.
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Post  larry on 9/7/2012, 1:19 am

Did I read it here on the forum that you could linseed oil your boards to make them last longer thinking or maybe I just dreamed that Rolling Eyes

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Post  Unmutual on 9/7/2012, 2:40 pm


Yep, just the unboiled type.

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Post  barmstr on 9/7/2012, 4:13 pm

Below is a great web site about building a $10.00 SFG grow box out of cedar. The instructions and pictures are at the bottom. Enjoy the boxes.
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Post  Daniel9999 on 9/8/2012, 9:57 pm

Hemlock is often cheaper than Cedar and is just as good for raised beds.

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Post  Chopper on 9/9/2012, 3:44 am

Truthfully pine will last surprisingly long.

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Post  camprn on 9/9/2012, 8:24 am

I have had my pine boxes for 4 seasons and will get another year or 2 out of them. Very Happy

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Post  Pollinator on 9/9/2012, 9:12 am

@camprn wrote:I have had my pine boxes for 4 seasons and will get another year or 2 out of them. Very Happy

Pine in the Southeast (SC here) gets riddled with termites, usually within one season. It will fall apart quickly. I use concrete blocks.

Around here, termites will even take out pressure treated wood in time.

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Post  camprn on 9/9/2012, 9:19 am

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@camprn wrote:I have had my pine boxes for 4 seasons and will get another year or 2 out of them. Very Happy

Pine in the Southeast (SC here) gets riddled with termites, usually within one season. It will fall apart quickly. I use concrete blocks.

Around here, termites will even take out pressure treated wood in time.
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