On my list of 19,674 things to do, "build trellis for side of garage before
March" is on the top 20. My requirements may or may not point to a certain
kind of wood:
1) No treated lumber
2) No preservatives (applied by me) allowed, unless it's a food-safe
3) Don't care if it rots in one or two or five years - I'll make another.
4) Don't care what color it weathers to. A clematis plant will completely
cover it anyway.
5) 8 feet high
Cedar? Redwood? Other suggestions?
Yes. Yes. Cypress if you can get it. What's local to you?
I'm in California. My mother's family comes from Mendocino County. I
build outdoors with redwood, for sentimental reasons. I have fond memories
of driving up CA Highway 1, in a '56 Buick, passing the redwood fences,
festooned with mossy abalone shells, on the way to visit the grandparents.
We have a picture of my great grandfather, with a mule, a saw and a redwood
log as thick as he was tall.
Headed up that way again this week, for other reasons.
I've done outside projects with cedar and it holds up well over the
years. In the midwest we have hot summers along with cold and snowy
winters. Cheaper than redwood.... Esp since it will be covered, I'd do
cedar. Much easier to find in the midwest. OTOH, if it will be totally
covered, why not use PT? Stain it to look like cedar. Mark L.
Doug Kanter wrote:
PT? The synthetic stuff?
As far as staining, not permitted in this particular part of the garden.
This one flowering plant will be surrounded by edibles. No chemicals of any
kind near them, no matter WHAT the label says, or how theoretically unlikely
they are to leach out of the wood.
SWMBO and I are avid gardeners - both flowers (she) and veggies (me). I
have raised beds of 2 x 12 PT for almost 15 years (and, yes, trellis's
made from same).
Built all this before the warnings.
Except for the purple tomatoes and pink eggplants, everything seems
normal (or maybe it's just me).
(I probably would not use the same today.)
You might enjoy a book called "The Botany of Desire". It's got a section
about a potato from Monsanto which has had genes from Bt (bacillus
thuringensis) spliced into it so it'll resist some major potato pest. Bt is
normally pretty harmless, but the book presents some potentially spooky
thoughts about what might happen when this enormously useful biological
control is overused.
eggplants are standard items of commerce. However you can't blame them
on Burpee. The purple tomatoes are heirloom variaties that originated
in Russia (IIRC) and the pink eggplant are an Asian variety.
Sleep? Isn't that a totally inadequate substitute for caffine?
I probably am way behind. I keep planting the same tomatoes based on what
tastes best. But, this year, I rototilled a ridiculously large garden, at
least compared to what I've done in past years. I'm gonna plant EVERYTHING.
Cook's Garden is interesting, too. Lots of leafy greens good for early &
late season, when outrageous frosts waste the normal lettuces. This reminds
me...gotta set up the cold frame before the snow flies. Another thing on the
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