Raised garden boxes

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Project by PourWhiskey posted 08-31-2020 07:36 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A nice gentleman I know from work has fairly substantial hip and lower back problems. Hes gardened for many years. Not too long ago he and I spoke about his regret of not being able to get down in the dirt to tend a garden any more.

I told him that I built a few raised beds for my mother. He said that he had been looking into those and wondered if I’d been interested in making a couple for him. I said I’d absolutely be interested in doing that.

The 2 of us talked about what he wanted to grow, about how big he wanted the boxes to be, etcetera. I went online and did some research and found out that modern pine is now treated with a chemical that is completely perfectly safe for use in this application. I also found out that because of the way water sits in the dirt temporarily it still makes sense to wrap the box in Cedar, so that’s exactly what I did.

Both beds are made using Cedar for the walls and then your basic womanized yellow pine for the base.

One of the boxes is about a foot higher than the other. The box that’s just a little bit lower to the ground will hold his taller plants. Of course the box that’s a little bit higher up will hold his plants that aren’t quite as tall.

With the use of a basic stool or chair with wheels he’ll be able to comfortably work around all sides of the boxes and enjoy gardening again without having to kneel or bend over.

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#1 posted 08-31-2020 11:27 PM

nice job helping a friend in your name,pour me one too.welcome to lj’s.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-01-2020 05:30 AM


You got it pal. We’ll share something tasty

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#3 posted 09-01-2020 07:49 PM

Nice work.

Sometimes the fencing companies will give away a bunch of cedar shorts etc. I get all the cedar I use for [planters that way.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 09-01-2020 08:25 PM

Thanks Ralbuck.

That’s a great tip. Appreciate that! I don’t have lumberyards real close to me but within about a 1/2 hour’s drive I am in Amish country and out there they’re about as common as bars and payday loan stations in the inner city lol

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