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Suggestions on what to do with 2" x 4" x 3' wood

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Post  moswell on 7/3/2011, 4:16 pm

I just happened to have a nice collection of wood fall into my lap that's only 4" tall. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I might do with it? Are there plants that have shallower root systems I might plant in them?

I wonder if I might be able to turn it into a fall/winter shallot bed? They don't grow that big underground judging from my (admittedly limited) experience. Or maybe next year use it for herbs?

What do folks think?

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Post  Tbites on 7/3/2011, 4:57 pm

Why not make an 8" bed ? Takes a little longer but doable.... just a thought

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/3/2011, 6:36 pm

Cut them in 1' and 2' lengths. Screw them together like when you were building your boxes. You now have stackable high-rises for potatoes and carrots should you ever need them. I feel everyone should have a couple of 1x2 foot high rises on hand.

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Post  moswell on 7/5/2011, 9:29 am

Thanks for the advice all. I think I probably have enough to do either one bed that's 8" high, or a 4" high bed and several high rise boxes, most likely more than I need since I'm thinking of doing potatoes in a garbage can next year, so I'd only really want a high rise for carrots.

So, do you think some things could make it in a 4" box?

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Post  fiddleman on 7/5/2011, 5:53 pm

@moswell wrote:
So, do you think some things could make it in a 4" box?

Guaranteed. Lettuce for one, will do just fine in a bed of less depth. I have done Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Lettuce, Green Pepper, and Cabbage in beds of 4 inches. At least in my part of the country they did just fine, perhaps somewhere warmer they might have more problems, but from my own experience, no problems other than the squares don't have the water reserve capacity the regular beds do. Heavy feeding plants may need additional nutrients added at the mid to end of the growing season because there isn't as much nutrition built into the beds, but I didn't have too much of a problem with it personally.

Still with all that said, make a box 7 inches tall (each 2x4 is actually 3 1/2 inches tall) and fill it to 6 inches in depth. Square Foot Gardens will work the best if it follows Mel's recommendation. Less worry about feeding and watering the plants that way. An inch and one half isn't a problem to be standing proud over the Mel's Mix.

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