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Karenne
February 1st, 2008, 03:01 PM
Question: I would like to make several raised beds for my garden. What is the best material to use for the walls. Cost is a big factor.
Answer: There are many materials that can be used for making raised beds. All you need is a material that can be stacked 8 to 10 inches tall and that will hold the soil inside. Wood is the most commonly used material for building raised beds. Rot-resistant woods, such as cedar and hemlock, are best. Treated woods should be avoided since the chemicals may leach into the soil. While wood is very functional and attractive, you can also use other materials. Bricks, cinder blocks, and stone all can be used to make raised beds. These materials can be stacked or cemented together. Stones are attractive and inexpensive if you gather them yourself. If you're not using cement, be sure the stones stack tightly together so the soil doesn't run through the gaps when it rains or when you water.