Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Pesticide use?
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 10:32 pm

» Things You Never Knew Existed Until SFG...
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:55 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:51 pm

» New England June 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:46 pm

» 15 bean soup mix - can the beans be used for planting?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:31 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:16 pm

» Newbie in North Carolina!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:24 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:57 pm

» Recommendations for balcony plants
by susan35332 Yesterday at 2:49 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 1:20 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 12:54 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:33 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 12:33 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» New Green House
by Hoggar Yesterday at 12:28 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson Yesterday at 11:40 am

» Red plastic tomato trays, anyone?
by sanderson Yesterday at 11:19 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:23 am

» Bug Identification
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 9:17 am

» Coconut Coir
by Jenex Yesterday at 7:58 am

» Hail Damage (Pics) - Am I in Trouble?
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:44 am

» table identity
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:34 am

» update pics
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:29 am

» Pea blight
by cyclonegardener 6/26/2017, 11:38 pm

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell 6/26/2017, 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals 6/26/2017, 1:13 pm

» It's Kefir Time
by hammock gal 6/26/2017, 12:15 pm

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by Judy McConnell 6/26/2017, 8:30 am

» Questions on vegetable plants that require vertical support
by AtlantaMarie 6/26/2017, 8:10 am

» Baby Food
by sanderson 6/26/2017, 4:56 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Question about the wood in boxes

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Question about the wood in boxes

Post  teainateapot on 3/19/2013, 1:43 am

My husband is concerned about how long the wood used to make the boxes lasts. Can anyone tell me how often you have to rebuild your boxes due to rotten wood. We have built boxes with 2 x 6' and 5/8" plywood bottoms in order to elevate them so my husband can garden from his wheelchair.

avatar
teainateapot

Posts : 2
Join date : 2013-03-19
Location : Olathe, KS 66061

View user profile

Back to top Go down

food safe wood preservative

Post  Farmer Don on 3/19/2013, 2:34 am

Hi Teainateapot,

The best choices in wood are redwood, cedar and cypress because they resist bugs and rot and last the longest. They are much more expensive than fir or pine though. I have had good results with "painting" my raised beds with a coat or two of food grade flaxseed oil. "Boiled linseed oil" used by furniture makers to preserve or finish furniture is actually flaxseed oil with chemical thinners added to make furniture dry faster. It is poisonous and should not be used for food applications. However, you can get pure flaxseed oil at health food stores and some grocery stores. It takes a very long time to fully dry but that isn't a problem. Just brush it on the inside (and outside if you want to but I don't) and wait a day or so before installing your weed barrier. Don't forget to drill your 1/4" holes for each square foot of your raised bed first. I also use 3/4" exterior plywood instead of 5/8" and stainless steel screws with washers to attach the bottom to the 2" x 6" frame. I hope these will last at least 5-6 years. If your raised bed will be longer than 4', I would also install a cross brace two by four across the middle of the length of the bed to prevent bowing which could potentially cause an unsafe condition for your husband. Hope this helps. Happy Gardening!
avatar
Farmer Don

Male Posts : 17
Join date : 2012-04-15
Age : 67
Location : Wyckoff, NJ

View user profile http://dkanarr@optonline.net

Back to top Go down

Re: Question about the wood in boxes

Post  yolos on 3/19/2013, 11:38 am

I used raw linseed oil on the inside and outside of my boxes because the only wood available was pine. I have no idea how long it will last. The raw linseed oil I found at an old time hardware store. The owner said, in the old days, all the southern country boys used to put lumber down on the bottom of their pickup trucks and used raw linseed oil to preserve the wood. Also, a friend of a friend said his father (a full blooded indian?) also used the linseed oil.
avatar
yolos

Female Posts : 3194
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Question about the wood in boxes

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum