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February 16th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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I'm trying to get opinions on what material I should use to build a raised vegetable garden. Do any of you have one?? If so, what material did you use??
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February 16th, 2013, 11:47 AM
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Whatever dirt and organic material you have on hand will work. The last beds we built we used dug up sod from the surrounding area (to make something like a walk way), manure and material from mucking out winter pens (we keep a few goats and chickens), leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, etc. If you have access to woods, the dirt and material from under and around rotting tree stumps is excellent to add as well. And our soil is very heavy clay so we've tried to add sand when we can find it.

Have you read square foot gardening? We don't exactly follow that, but he explains very nicely how to build up your soil. If you haven't, google it and pretty much everything in the book is available online.

We are at 6* F and have about four feet of snow on the ground with more coming down.... I can't wait to get out and garden!!
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February 16th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I don't have one, but I have friends that do - a mother and a son actually. The mother says she uses plastic because it lasts a long time and it's eco-safe. The son says he uses raw red cedar because most lumber is treated with things that can be unsafe for you, and also seep into the soil.

I hope that's what you're asking about! If not at least I learned something today
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February 16th, 2013, 06:18 PM
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We bought some Cedar fencing material--- which was way more affordable than the super thick Cedar. I'm hoping it will work--- I heard that cedar is less likely to rot naturally, so we'll see how it goes.

This is my first year of gardening, I'm really excited!!
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February 16th, 2013, 09:38 PM
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Oh, gosh, I thought you were asking about what to put in the beds, not building the frames, LOL!
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February 17th, 2013, 03:53 AM
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Oh, gosh, I thought you were asking about what to put in the beds, not building the frames, LOL!
I'll be asking that question here in about a week or two, once I get the frames up!! Thanks so much for all the info!!!! I'm really excited.
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February 17th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Is this your first year gardening? We didn't get a garden put in the last two years, and I'm anxious to have at it again.
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February 17th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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I don't have any advice for you, but I'm hoping to get in at least a small vegetable garden this year! I'm a bit cautious to get too involved with baby due in the middle of harvest season, but I want some fresh veggies!
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