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RE: wood for raised beds

Title: RE: [cg] wood for raised beds

We recently tried a wood sealant which  may last up to two years.  Some schools like to paint their boards in wild and fantastic patterns or as a way to label, not necessarily as a protectant.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lynn Gregor [mailto:dhassle1@kent.edu]
Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 9:48 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] wood for raised beds


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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