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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 4/3/2011, 8:15 pm

I have some 5.5" lumber that I want to use for boxes. Can I grow maybe herbs and greens in shallower MM?

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Post  martha on 4/3/2011, 8:36 pm

how much lumber do you have? I would think the answer would be yes, at least for greens. A lot of my herb roots are pretty substantial.

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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 4/3/2011, 9:17 pm

I have enough for two 2'x4' boxes and a 3'x3'. I'm thinking lettuce, spinach, parsley, basil, oregano, radishes and green onions. Other suggestions welcome.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/3/2011, 9:19 pm

I think this one's for Boffer when he returns from vacation.

He has told me before that stuff grows well in as little as four inches. I, myself, don't feel comfortable under 6.....I'm still relatively inexperienced and sticking to Mel's recommendations.

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Post  gingeandhales on 4/3/2011, 9:54 pm

I'm a total Noob but when I went to buy my lumber the guy helping me told me that 2"x6" were actually 5 1/2 inches tall. I went with the 2"X7" instead, but it got me thinking, since Mel recommends buying 2"x6" maybe most of the boxes built are actually only 5 1/2" tall? And they all seem to do well. Just a thought I had. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in. I'd say it's worth a shot. Especially since you already have the lumber.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/3/2011, 10:44 pm

@gingeandhales wrote:I'm a total Noob but when I went to buy my lumber the guy helping me told me that 2"x6" were actually 5 1/2 inches tall. I went with the 2"X7" instead, but it got me thinking, since Mel recommends buying 2"x6" maybe most of the boxes built are actually only 5 1/2" tall? And they all seem to do well. Just a thought I had. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in. I'd say it's worth a shot. Especially since you already have the lumber.

They are. What a dip am I for not seeing that....sheesh. Standard 2x4's measure 1.5" by 3.5". I feel so silly.....OP has 6" wood.....well, close enough. Disregard my moronic post above. I'm off to.... !

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