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New raised garden bed - options 
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Post New raised garden bed - options
I am about to start on building raised garden beds and would appreciate suggestions on what materials to use.
We have a big termite population on the property and try to avoid using timber. The chook yard extension was done in timber 6 to 8 years ago ( before we moved in) and is ready for replacing so that gives you an idea of how long timber lasts.
What are people using?

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:14 pm
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Post Re: New raised garden bed - options
Treated timber??? But then there is the chemical issue. Old used railway sleepers are good and generally termite resistant. Good Luck

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:55 pm
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old water tanks cut down, corrugated iron or other non timber materials

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:05 pm
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Besser (sp?) blocks?

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:22 am
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corrugated iron


Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:53 am
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Have you seen those raised beds built from dirt filled feed bags, with a concrete render over the top?

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:29 pm
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Oooh .. ooh .. Straw bales :thumbright

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Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:39 am
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Post Re: New raised garden bed - options
get hold of an old gal tank preferably 5000 gal, with a 4inch grinder and those 1 mm stainless blades cut the tank into its three horizontal rings, you will need a wedge or two to stop the blade jamming and you will go through a few blades.

Once you have your three rings, measure and mark a third of the tank radius( right angles to the corrogations) and cut through, you can then bash the top and bottom off with ease.

Grab your small third and reverse it, it will give you a cresent moon shape, and tech screw where they join, you will need to either fold over the exposed razor sharp top edge or split some poly pipe and cover the edge, the vertical joins can do some damage to running littlies so I used to split some large bamboo and cover that edge as well.

you will end up with a raised bed about 750mm high, they take some filling, and an easy bend to get to the middle of the bed,


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