What kind of wood should be used for raised beds?

Until the safety of treated wood is proven conclusively, we recommend you use a naturally rot-resistant wood like red cedar, black locust or redwood. Under most circumstances, these woods will last 10 – 20 years when used for raised beds.

Also question is, what is the best material to make a raised garden bed?

This is probably the most common material for constructing raised beds, and perhaps one of the least expensive. Use naturally rot-resistant woods like cedar or redwood, and avoid woods preserved with toxins, such as creosote-soaked railroad ties.

How many years does a cedar fence last?

The most commonly used wood types for fences are cedar, spruce, and pine. Depending on the species, cedar may last for about 15-30 years, spruce may last for about 4-7 years, and pine may last for about 5-12 years. Most treatment companies claim that when treated, most lumber will last more than 20 years.

How deep should a raised vegetable garden be?

The depth of the bed can vary, but six inches of soil is a minimum. Plants need at least a 6–12-inch rooting zone, so 12 inches is ideal. Before you establish the bed, break up and loosen the soil underneath with a garden fork so that it's not compacted. Go about 6 to 8 inches deep.

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