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wood for raised beds

  • Subject: [cg] wood for raised beds
  • From: Lynn Gregor dhassle1@kent.edu
  • Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 10:47:44 -0400


Question regarding longevity of untreated wood:

- Is it safe to paint the outside of the raised bed to at least provide a 
little more protection against weathering?  If yes, what type of paint would 
be best to use?  This of course has the dual purpose of incorporating art into 
the garden.

- How about digging the beds up and turning them over every year or so to even 
out the weathering; ie, the wood that may begin rotting by being underground 
all year could then be exposed to the air and sun to dry out?  Does this sound 
like one way to help increase the life span of untreated wood for raised beds?

Any other ideas about increasing the longevity of untreated raised beds?

Thanks for any info!
Lynn Gregor


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