Raised garden beds make gardening easier for planting, weed control and harvesting. You will need to decide what kind of wood to use, how tall you want the bed to be, and whether you want to build the entire bed yourself or use pre-made corner braces which simplify the construction process and provide a secure corner that won’t work loose over time. In 2003, the EPA banned the sale of lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) for residential use. Which type of wood did we choose for our raised garden boxes? As the old bumper sticker reads Organic gardeners do it in raised beds. What type of wood will be good for a few raised veggie beds? Do not use treated wood for edible gardening – unless your consumers can tolerate arsenic and cyanide in their diets!.
I am planning my first vegetable garden this year. I’ve always been afraid to use pressure treated lumber for my raised beds, based on what I’ve read. In some of my flower beds Ive used plain old logs as place holders until I got around to doing rocks. These three types of wood are great for building raised garden beds. Cedar is another type of wood that gives your raised garden bed a great look. Bear in mind that you can use other types of materials to build great raised garden beds. I suggest you use any type of cloth netting that will allow water to drain.
Q. I want to build some cold frames but am confused about what type of wood to use. Wood safe to use as a framing material for a raised bed vegetable garden? Would like to make some of my garden into raised beds – for my back. The SFG book says you can use 2×4 or 2×6 or 2×8 pieces of wood, and treat them with linseed oil. I bought cedar (pricey) and hope it lasts!
What Kind Of Wood For A Raised Garden? (flower, Landscaping, Trees)
Raised beds don’t suit every garden type. Having decided to use raised beds the next question to consider is what material to build them from. My raised beds are in our front garden, so I chose wood as it looks nice and was easy to produce non-standard bed shapes. I still use pressure-treated timber, because I have so many raised beds now that replacing them would be very expensive. I am in early days of planning a new 12mx12m vegetable garden – its currently still a daunting pile of rocks and weeds. It looked rough hewed and I could not identify what kind of wood it was. The majority of raised beds are constructed from lumber. Brick – Brick beds turn out just as lovely as the rock kind, it just gives a different look. Also a forever bed. It’s a simple frame of rot-resistant lumber that holds soil in place and brings it to a height that’s easy for everyone to reach without stepping onto precious plants plus no more dirty knees (or at least fewer dirty knees). Keep in mind that you can use pretty much any type of wood for this. Cedar, Juniper or Redwood are the preferred types of wood for raised boxes due to their resistance to the elements and long life-span but you can certainly use any reclaimed or recycled wood. Cedar raised bed make gardening easier, more accessible, more economical, and more efficient. For a planter, you want to use natural wood because treated lumber releases odors and chemical that you don’t want mixed in with your food. Just wondering what type of screws do you use.