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Post  Judy McConnell on 2/24/2017, 1:19 pm

My original boxes were home-made, using pine boards, etc. They have lasted almost 10 years with some rotting out.

To replace the rotten ones, I decided to try commercial beds a couple of years ago - not certain that I will do this again - even if they were on sale at the end of the season, because:
1) the end pieces (that hold the side boards) split over time and the side boards must be staked to keep them in place.
2) You cannot stack 2 sets of boxes on top of each other (to make taller beds) without serious staking because the 2 sets under load of MM will separate, allowing the MM to ooze out of the beds.

I see where others here have used these with success but for me - they are just frustrating.

This is the type box I am referring to:
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Post  sanderson on 2/24/2017, 3:54 pm

I wondered about them. Thank you for posting your personal experience. I won't use I" (3/4-7/8") cedar boards again as they are too thin, allowing the beds to dry out too fast in the summer. Husband only made five 1' x 3' beds so not a huge impact on my garden. The other 100 sq. ft. are constructed with 2" thick (1 1/2") pine/fir, acting as good insulation for the MM.

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Post  MrBooker on 2/25/2017, 5:49 am

I just put this same 4x8 bed together (stacked) ... Guess I'll find out if it stays together. I know I'll be in big trouble if the corner pieces split.
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Post  Kelejan on 2/25/2017, 10:55 am

@Judy McConnell wrote:My original boxes were home-made, using pine boards, etc. They have lasted almost 10 years with some rotting out.

To replace the rotten ones, I decided to try commercial beds a couple of years ago - not certain that I will do this again - even if they were on sale at the end of the season, because:
1) the end pieces (that hold the side boards) split over time and the side boards must be staked to keep them in place.
2) You cannot stack 2 sets of boxes on top of each other (to make taller beds) without serious staking because the 2 sets under load of MM will separate, allowing the MM to ooze out of the beds.

I see where others here have used these with success but for me - they are just frustrating.

This is the type box I am referring to:

They do look pretty, be now we know better thanks to you, Judy. It is better to pay more for good quality materials which makes them last and last.  All my beds are made from 2 x 8s that I bought in a job lot. All i needed to do, after I had a carpenter charge me for making my first three beds was to have the boards pre-cut to length and i was able to fasten them together as I needed them. The plants really do not mind how their containers looks so long as they are happy.
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Post  ralitaco on 2/25/2017, 11:06 am

Thanks for the review Judy.

As far as the corners splitting, I am thinking if you keep an eye on them, you could attach some 1x4's on just the outside of the corners as reinforcements.
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