RE: Raised Garden Bed Materials
- Subject: RE: [cg] Raised Garden Bed Materials
- From: "Jim Call" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 20:57:28 -0500
- Importance: Normal
We do use plastic
wood in our raised beds. They serve as the top caps secured
to concrete blocks. The plastic wood was purchased by the City of
When the city
moved us to our new location, they wanted our CG to have a special
area for the disabled gardener. These beds meet ADA
1) Not sure of
the cost but they are pricey as compared to wood.
2) They will last
long after you and I have gone to a better garden
5) Yes, using a
good jig or circular saw
6) The City of
Huntsville purchased the plastic wood
7) If you can
afford plastic wood, go for it, virtually no maintenance and long
We planted our CG
yesterday and the ARC of Madison County whose mission is to help
mentally challenged individuals came out to plant our raised beds. They
had a great time (see at... http://www.casagarden.com/arc_04.htm )
. I'm encouraging them to come back on regular basis to garden in our
FYI - These beds
are set up to be irrigated on a regular schedule via a sprinkler system (soaker
hoses distribute the water). Raised beds need more water than a normal
garden. I suggust using alot of mulch (fairly composted leaves).
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Connie
Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2004 11:30 PM
Subject: [cg] Raised Garden Bed
I know we've had this discussion before from different angles, but I
still have a question or two.
For various and sundry reasons, I'm investigating use of "plastic lumber"
in the use of 4 X 8 foot garden beds. There are a
bizillion different places that sell these kits for use in raised
If you have experience in this material, would you please address one or
more of the following questions?
Have any of you tried these and:
1) what was the cost (include both the kit cost and transportation)
2) how long did they last
3) were they easy to put up
4) was the weight similar to wood products (or lighter, heavier)
5) were they easy to cut if you needed to make changes
6) are there any companies you actively recommend or conversely, strongly
7) any other suggestions / comments you might have?
What I'm hunting for here is practical experience consensus.
Hopefully by tapping into the listserv's expertise, I can find that
Thanks for helping!
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