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RE: now creative borders was- Identification help?

Donna, aren't decking boards treated to withstand the elements?  If so, I
think there are some connectors you can use to turn them into "raised bed"
borders.  They can be painted, if that would help spruce up the area, but I
wouldn't plant anything snug against them, but a few inches away ought to be
just fine.  Just turn them on their side, rather than flat, and bury them
shallowly, if you don't use connectors to stack them and give them height.  

If you don't like that, you can probably cut them different heights and line
them up side by side (buried a few inches into the dirt) to make a border of
varying heights like you see done with landscaping timbers (only flatter
;>).  In any case it is worth trying to use them with that much of area to
protect.  If they are at least a few inches above and below ground, it will
help keep grass and other creepers from going over or under into the beds.
Another possible approach would be to sit some into the dirt to keep weed
and grass seed out of the bed, but place a horizontal board touching the
border, sunk ground level, for Alan to drive over as he cuts grass and he
shouldn't have to do so much edging.  It would be something like  -|  in and
on the ground.  (My DH much prefers not to have to do much edging with the
little spare time he has after work, school, church and family activities.) 

Hopefully others will also have some suggestions, too. 

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:22 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] now creative borders was- Identification help?

Anyone got a suggestion on how we could use decking boards to create a
interesting border (i.e. Alan's lawnmower barier)? I have a ton of them in
the back and was thinking of adding them to my garage sale. Thinking some
creative cuts- placement- something - Vera could use them as a border?

Any thoughts? Anyone ever do anything like this?

----- Original Message ----
From: Vera Metzke <vmetzke@gmail.com>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 10:42:34 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Identification help?

Oh Donna -
You do make me smile!  What she isn't telling you is I work at the women's
prison in an office but tons of restrictions!  Inmates have more rights!

Cone flowers are from seed out "there".  Bee balm Alan bought me from the
Graymont nursery I told you about!  Turtle head is from you - the one I
declared dead - maybe we should rename it Resurrected turtle head!  Hot
lips....ready when you are!  When we do your mom's flowers?  All 3 of those
are in the front perennial garden.  Bee balm is about to move to the back
and some in front.  It is too close to the street and Alan's mower is
endangering it?  That and the "busy" neighbor who has nothing to do but wait
till I have a weed grow 4 inches high - calls village hall to report us!

WE do miss our darling Barney - golden retriever/yellow lab mix did leave a
major void but his gardening skills were....help dig and than when it is
planted - dig it back up and eat it!  That is the reason for so many of the
"ditch lily"!  Those were his favorite stealth area!  Like a 95 pound dog
can be stealth!  LOL  I have started the majority of the back garden in the
perimeter security run he created.  Little stinker would even check the
gates to see that they were locked and secured.  He didn't want out just
didn't want anyone sneaking in on him!

Sorry rambling!
Everyone - really thanks loads...I will be busy checking all these sites and
changing the names to be more accurate!
Oh - seeds or whatever...yes...would love anything to help fill the yard -
there is an area at least 50 foot by approximately 75 to cover?  Now that
would get Alan's attention!  LOL


On 8/28/06, Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> If she got the coneflower from me- it is White Swan, same on the bee 
> balm ( Monarda fistulosa ) and the turtle head (Chelone obliqua 
> -although I also have hotlips, but don't think I gave that to her last
> year) Can't tell from the pictures if it in the front or back yard....
> Vera is not allowed to be on line during her work time... so we will 
> have to wait to find out. LOL! (BTW, Chris might be able to change her 
> log in at work to lighten up the restrictions so she can read her 
> email.... I know, out of the question, if it was possible..)
> BTW, since the passing of Barney (her dog) and recent addition of 
> Allie (the cat) - she can once again garden in the backyard.... and 
> since she would NEVER post this... I will.... got extra's or seeds - 
> send them to her ... lotsa room, limited funds.... I loaded up her van 
> last fall and this spring and we haven't made a dent..... I have a few 
> things started in the holding bed for her but it was raining too much 
> on Sat for us to dig them up to take home....sigh.
> Donna
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