U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-05-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Boonies
1,844 posts, read 2,843,245 times
Reputation: 2410

Advertisements

Hi,
I want to make a raised beds for my vegetable gardens. I was thinking 4 feet wide, 6 feet long. What type of wood do I need? And the height? I was thinking you would need to put at least 8 inches of soil in.
Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-05-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
75,163 posts, read 87,566,170 times
Reputation: 45814
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarragon View Post
Hi,
I want to make a raised beds for my vegetable gardens. I was thinking 4 feet wide, 6 feet long. What type of wood do I need? And the height? I was thinking you would need to put at least 8 inches of soil in.
Thanks.
almost anything will work.

Nita
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-05-2010, 09:19 PM
 
1,474 posts, read 4,472,765 times
Reputation: 556
you can use any fencing material as long as it has enough vertical posts to support the side load. you also need to keep it away from wet soil so use a plastic liner(3-4 mil trash bag material)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2010, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Vermont
5,441 posts, read 15,134,651 times
Reputation: 2641
I would use cedar.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2010, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Boonies
1,844 posts, read 2,843,245 times
Reputation: 2410
Thanks all. So you think that 8 inches of soil would be enough or should it be more than that?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2010, 04:33 AM
 
25,627 posts, read 31,550,021 times
Reputation: 23139
Redwood. I would go at least 12 inches deep.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
433 posts, read 1,022,723 times
Reputation: 610
Just DO NOT use treated lumber for food beds. It is ok to use it for flower beds though. I used a composite wood for my beds. That way they will last a long time. They sold these kits at Sams club for a reasonable price. They went together easy. I lined them with landscape fabric.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-06-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
75,163 posts, read 87,566,170 times
Reputation: 45814
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phawk57 View Post
Just DO NOT use treated lumber for food beds. It is ok to use it for flower beds though. I used a composite wood for my beds. That way they will last a long time. They sold these kits at Sams club for a reasonable price. They went together easy. I lined them with landscape fabric.
we just used some plain old wood, but the kits sound great. I wanted to get them, say them advertised in a gardening magazine (Burpis I think) way out of our price limit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
433 posts, read 1,022,723 times
Reputation: 610
At Sams club the kits were less than $40 for a 42 X 84 bed. I didn't think that I could buy the lumber for that. They just go together so nice and easy. You get 7 straight boards, 4 corners, and two center connectors to put the straight boards into. No nailing or anything to it. Mel Bartholemew the author of Square Foot Gardening says to just use what you can scrounge. He recommended going to construction sites and asking if they had any scrap lumber. If they have to get rid of it at the dump I am sure they appreciate someone taking it off of their hands. I just figured these kits would last me a LONG time and I wouldn't have to worry about rot.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Vermont
5,441 posts, read 15,134,651 times
Reputation: 2641
I doubt you could buy lumber and hardware for $40. cedar is expensive. any pics of the sams club kits?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:54 PM.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top