I hope you are not talking about the "plastic"
lumber that is being made from recycled milk jugs. Of course, they will
last "forever" but here lies the problem. They will never, never, never
decompose, just like Styrofoam. If humans weren't so fickle about their likes
and dislikes and always wanting to change things around I would say great. To
date, plastic timbers can not be re-recycled (unless it is reused). My fear is
that our land fills will reach their capacity because of such items.
I know it initially sounds good but together
let's think of the bigger picture here.
You might also consider boards or timbers made from recycled
materials. They are more expensive, but do last a really long time.
From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
Mon, 9 Dec 2002 14:30:03 -0500
[cg] Raise beds
My untreated, wood frame raised bed has lasted me over 10
years now in NYC.
If you used brick or stone to frame your bed, it should
last longer. Some
folks do equally as well with unframed beds. Don't know
why you're doing
only 3-4 years. I mean, if you're composting and
building up your soil, 3-4
years is when you're starting to