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RE: query: start-up costs

In our smaller gardens on bad soil, we often build raised beds that are 4'
by 8' and a foot deep.  We use recycled plastic landscape timbers that are
about 3" thick.  It takes 12 timbers, 4 of them cut in half, plus about 30
6" galvanized twist deck spikes to make one bed.  It holds just over 1 yard
of soil.  I figure a little over $100 per bed when I'm budgeting.  There are
cheaper ways to do raised beds - making them bigger, for instance - but this
size is very solid and easy to build.  A group of people can pick them up
and move them after they have been constructed.  They make a nice manageable
unit within the garden.
Good luck.
Jack Hale

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 1:26 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] query: start-up costs

I am working on a proposal for a community garden.  I need to make a budget
and wonder if anyone can answer these questions:

1. Exactly what lumber and other materials are needed to build a raised bed,
say a series of raised rows to cover most of a lot (I don't have the
dimensions yet, so let's say its 25 by 40)

2. How many yards of soil do you need per square yard of garden?

Many thanks!

community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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