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Re: Build Your Own Raised Beds

I made 3 raised beds two years ago. You can buy the prefab ones, but dollar for dollar, making your own gives you a better depth than the prefab. I made mine w/ cedar wood. The boxes ended up costing about $42 each for 11" deep, 8x4 waste. that is going to a Loewes and get the untreated decking boards. If you have a sawmill nearby, perhaps you can get some rough cut lumber. I used good decking screws and with a wood that doesn't rot, I anticipate many years of use. The cedar does discourage insects, but once I put compost in with a supply of earthworms, they seem happy to oblige me with healthy soil. The cedar turns grey with age.