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
» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by trolleydriver Today at 4:46 pm

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Today at 4:35 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:24 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by sanderson Today at 2:29 pm

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco Today at 1:17 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco Today at 1:15 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver Today at 12:58 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:18 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:12 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» jalapeno variety question?
by NAR56 Today at 10:39 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco Yesterday at 10:14 pm

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:41 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan Yesterday at 6:39 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:40 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:44 am

» New England December 2017
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:45 pm

» Mushroom in my lettuce!
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:40 pm

» 5-BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY - ENDS 12/1/17
by No_Such_Reality 12/10/2017, 4:15 pm

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 1:36 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/10/2017, 1:24 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by brianj555 12/10/2017, 12:50 pm

» WARNING! Please Read! (Especially Grandparents)
by Scorpio Rising 12/9/2017, 8:53 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 7:29 pm

» The start of the New Garden
by brianj555 12/9/2017, 1:35 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by countrynaturals 12/8/2017, 6:26 pm

» First Year Square Foot Gardening in Zone 9 South Mississippi
by CapeCoddess 12/8/2017, 3:09 pm

» A compost calculator
by kygardener 12/8/2017, 1:34 pm

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 12/8/2017, 8:46 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Wood for my garden & rhubarb

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  disccopy on 8/16/2014, 12:46 pm

This may not be the proper forum location, BUT  I was told buy a garden center that the pressure treated lumber today IS SAFE to  use for my garden. In trying  to search the site I come up with yea & nays.. Thoughts?  IF used do I need to line the sides with plastic?

Also I want to plant  1or 2 rhubarb plants. I first thought a 2' wide by 4' long would work? Thoughts? Variety?
Thanks
avatar
disccopy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2014-08-09
Location : Corydon, IN Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/16/2014, 5:09 pm

We decided not to take the chance.  The chemicals COULD migrate thru the plastic...  And even though arsenic is no longer used, I wasn't willing to put those chemicals into my body.  It's just not worth it.  I'd rather replace the wood every few years.

Size sounds good for rhubarb.  I've got seed for both Victoria & Glaskin's Perpetual that I got from Baker Creek.  Both are heirloom.  Haven't planted them yet, so can't give you any taste advice.  See me in a couple of years, lol.
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4352
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  disccopy on 8/16/2014, 5:22 pm

Thanks   thanks
avatar
disccopy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2014-08-09
Location : Corydon, IN Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  camprn on 8/16/2014, 7:02 pm

I won't waste my premium SFG space for rhubarb. It's out in the yard and does just great there.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  mollyhespra on 8/16/2014, 9:44 pm

Rhubarb gets HUGE and it has an extensive root system.   I would dedicate a non-SFG, sunny, fertile corner of your yard.  My rhubarb "patch" (4 plants) takes up part of one length of the house.  One plant would easily overgrow your 2x4 box.

Oh, and I wouldn't trust the chemicals in treated wood to not leach out into the soil. We kept an eye out for sales and purchased cedar, but you could use "plain" old pine instead, they'll just need replacing sooner.
avatar
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 52
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  disccopy on 8/17/2014, 10:49 pm

Thanks for the thoughts.. My yard at this time though is not the best for planting anything in. In the future I may have a  designated spot but for now  I'm going to keep one semi contained.  I've got access to some lumber so putting a box together  shouldn't be an issue. My issue is locating  the needed items for making Mel's Mix.
avatar
disccopy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2014-08-09
Location : Corydon, IN Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  camprn on 8/18/2014, 7:33 am

@disccopy wrote:Thanks for the thoughts.. My yard at this time though is not the best for planting anything in. In the future I may have a  designated spot but for now  I'm going to keep one semi contained.  I've got access to some lumber so putting a box together  shouldn't be an issue. My issue is locating  the needed items for making Mel's Mix.
What ingredients are you needing at this point?

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/18/2014, 1:52 pm

Thanks for the rhubarb advice, guys!  I'll keep it in mind as I get ready to seed some...!
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4352
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Mels Mix

Post  disccopy on 8/18/2014, 7:25 pm

I was having a problem locating Vermiculite, BUT I finally located a source about 45 minutes  from me  in KY that carries 4cf bags of coarse. It's $25.00 per bag.. Is that a good price?
avatar
disccopy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2014-08-09
Location : Corydon, IN Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/18/2014, 7:27 pm

That's a great price, especially for coarse, which is quite hard to find for most people. Buy 100 bags and resell them at a huge mark-up! Very Happy

I was very lucky to find some coarse vermiculite locally for $30 for 4 square feet. Considering I didn't have to pay shipping, it felt like winning the lottery.
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

1x6 Common board question

Post  disccopy on 8/18/2014, 8:06 pm

Very Happy   OK Now for another question.. IF I just go with common boards ( pine) rather than cedar..Common board is actually not 6" wide but 5.375..So the question is will the  1x6  be tall enough?
avatar
disccopy

Posts : 13
Join date : 2014-08-09
Location : Corydon, IN Zone 6A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/18/2014, 10:49 pm

Technically, yes. I'm sure Mel takes that into account when writing that six inches is enough to grow most any non-root crop in all by itself. However, mulch helps so much with water retention, to keep soil from splattering back up onto leaves and encouraging disease, to make harvesting clean fruits and veggies easier, to keep temperatures more consistent, etc., that you might come to really appreciate having enough space for both your growing medium and a nice layer of mulch.

Some crops, even, are so commonly mulched that it's probably the norm. Strawberries, for example, and it's regularly suggested to mulch garlic when planting in fall to harvest next summer.
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 56
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood for my garden & rhubarb

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