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has anyone built a raised bed before using green oak edging boards? i found this site that does them:

thinking of building one 400m high (2x boards on top of each other). is this as simple as screwing these boards together into a box shape at each corner - or is there anything else i need to know/do ?


  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,170


    Not used those boards before but look good, but have made raised beds from gravel boards and some other wood - some times you can use corner posts as well to help the raised bed go into the ground for extra support

    Hampshire Gardener
  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    hmm, off the same site i came across these:

    these might be better actually as it will save me hassle building one and is actually a good size. its softwood so wont last as long as green oak i believe but its eco treated so is fine for growing veg (which is what it will be for)?? although im not 100% sure on that. 

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 4,170

    I normally paint my raised beds with cuprinol garden shades to make nice lot of colour in the garden and treat the wood too

    They look nice raised beds

    Hampshire Gardener
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,605

    As you say green oak will last and, will look beautiful as it ages. Beauty versus cost the age old dilemma.

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  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    400 metres high is a bit much! image
  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    well iGrow, im planning on growing some competition-winning carrots image

    but thanks for letting me know, supposed to be 4m! ha.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    image I think he means 40 cm! Don't know why people keep working in millimeters.image

    1 meter is 100 centimeters is 1000 millimeters, much easier to work in meters and centimeters than faffing around with millimeters, which are only good for things like screws etc.

    My OH made me raised beds out of scaffolding boards, 250 x 100 x 40 cm! They are made from very long lasting wood and can take all weathers.

  • How long will you make them dj?  Soil is very heavy when wet so you ideally want to drive some 50x50mm (2" x 2") stakes into the ground about every metre along the length and screw the boards to the stakes to prevent them bowing outwards under the weight.

    Sue, it's because millimetres are often the standard unit quoted the UK building industry now - whereas we used to buy (say plywood sheets) in standard sizes of 8ft x 4ft, suppliers now size them as 2400x1200mm.  I say we should go back to cubits myself - the majority of us permanently carry two cubit measures around with us - they are very 'handy'! image

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