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Post  Peter G. on 5/5/2011, 5:12 pm

Hello, I'M AS GREEN AS IT GETS TO GARDENING. Meaning FIRST TIME HOME OWNER FIRST TIME MAKING A GARDEN. I started making two flower boxes for veggies. My problem is I used 3"x5"x8' pretreated wood. I lined the inside with black 3mil.plastic and want to know if I could still use the boxes or did I waste money on the wood. Sorry for caps. New at typing to lol

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/5/2011, 5:54 pm

Peter

By lining the boxes with plastic, you prevent the chemicals used in treating the wood from leaching into your soil.
Good Job! (but next time use untreated wood)

Have you had a chance to read the ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING book? It is so full of information regarding building your boxes, preparing your Mel's Mix as well as seed and plant spacing. 5 inches is a bit shallow, but there are still lots of things that will grow well in 5 inches of Mel's Mix.

Please keep us posted on your progress.
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Post  boffer on 5/5/2011, 6:14 pm

ALL OF MY BOXES, oops, use pressure treated wood. Most are lined with plastic; some aren't. Make your Mel's Mix and get started!
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Post  Peter G. on 5/5/2011, 8:28 pm

Thank you for your help. I read most of the book write after i made the boxes. I did notes in the book some of the squares on top in the pictures did look like pretreated strips(looked like green wood in the picture). My boxes are 3high so there about 14"deep. cant wait to start planting.

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Post  boffer on 5/5/2011, 8:50 pm

You'll find that color is a poor indicator of type of wood/treatment of wood. In my part of the country, wood that is treated for ground contact is a different color than wood that is treated to be buried in the ground, which is different than wood treated to be exposed to the elements.

Get some filler for the bottoms of your boxes so you don't waste your MM. Git 'er done, by the book!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/5/2011, 9:01 pm

Welcome aboard!

Just what the others are saying....buy book, read book, follow book. It's as simple as that.

Like in the book, anything over 6 inches deep is fairly useless unless you are growing root crops like carrots or potatoes.

The reason for fillers in 14 inch beds is to cut down on the cost of making all that Mel's Mix. Vermiculite is pretty expensive stuff. Don't make more MM than you need. Even Mel tells us that.

Poke around the forums. Check into your regional forum, too. You will find people complaining about the weather you are going through in there. Some will have experience and be able to help you through any troubles you may have since they've gardened in your area for some time.

Hope to see more of you around here.
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Post  Miss M on 5/6/2011, 12:26 am

Our garden is made of treated wood. It spends a good amount of time sitting in water, and it is very humid here. Also, there are already termites around the house in some dead branches; we didn't want to have a giant termite magnet in the yard.

I read quite a bit before we built the garden. The chemicals in the wood can leach into the surrounding soil; however, it occurs very slowly, and the leached chemicals do not travel very far. Also, just because the chemicals make their way into their soil, that doesn't mean they will end up on your dinner plate in a squash.

Treated lumber now is treated with copper azole or micronized copper somethingorother, rather than having an arsenic compound like they used to. Even with the old treatment, though, pressure treated lumber has been used by many, many, many people for vegetable gardens, with no problems.

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Post  Peter G. on 5/6/2011, 6:03 pm

Thank you for your feed back. I really need all the help I can get lol. I maid the boxes deep with no bottom because I have a dog and 2kids playing ball. So I need a blocker for the garden. I hope to start the planting monday. Thanks to all again

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Post  shannon1 on 5/24/2011, 3:48 am

Have you planted your boxes yet? Let the fun begin.
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Post  Peter G. on 5/24/2011, 9:26 pm

Yes I have planted my 1st batch of veggies. I'm hoping to get better weather and sun soon. It's exciting doing something new. I will try and post pictures but I'm not good with the computer. Hope I didn't plant to much but I did go by the book.

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