Re: Raised Garden Beds

Hello,
1. No preference to cedar over redwood, in my opinion. Use what you like. 2. Sealing is a good idea to prevent rot. 3. Don't use the gravel -- not necessary, since raising the bed in itself provides the required drainage.
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I have read the copper naphthenate is a good preservative for this sort of use, but does anyone know how it does in a vegetable garden? Does it get into the food at all?
Sanford Levy wrote:

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Cedar vs. Redwood -- Longevity and cost. In the big scheme of things it likely will not matter.
Sealing the wood/ends -- Helps ease rot a bit, but many beds do not bother. I'd shy away from any chemicals though -- who wants that in any garden?
Gravel -- Nah, don't bother. It's not necessary.
James
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you could get lumber treated with boric acid. that keeps out fungus and insects. it is used to build wood basements. Ingrid

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