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For the sides – The hardware store sold pressure-treated 2x12s in 16-foot and 12-foot lengths.
If there are weeds or grass under the bed, cover it with non-glossy cardboard and a couple of layers of newspaper to kill the vegetation. The wood for 3 raised garden boxes cost about $150, and the 4 cubic yards of top soil they required to fill cost another $150.
On the other hand, these will last a long, long time, and they will improve the quality of our Joe’s garden bounty dramatically.
If your soil is decent (ours isn’t), you could use something less than 12-inch-wide planks.
That newspaper and cardboard sounds like a good idea and economical instead of landscaping plastic, I am getting ready to start a raised garden, myself. We just made raised beds for your yard, too!They are not as elaborate as yours.My hubby has the same hobby as yours, LOL! You really shouldn't used pressure treated wood as it is treated with chemicals that can leach into the soil. Just curious as the why you used pressure treated wood and what kind of pressure treated wood you used? NEVER use any wood near food that has been pressure-treated or even clear-coated or painted. But, this is all a moot point because arsenic has not been used to treat lumber for residential use (with the exception of some woods for marine purposes) since December 31 2003. So the admittedly small risk, associated with using treated wood before that date to construct raised vegetable garden beds and frames have been further removed with the elimination of arsenic in the treating process. However if youa€™re still worried then dona€™t used treated wood to frame your raised vegetable gardens, ita€™s that simple. I am passionate about creating fun, meaningful, and educational experiences for my two young daughters as I inspire them to be lifelong learners who live fully (and frugally). How To Make A Vertical Herb Garden Pinterest Pictures, How To Make A Vertical Herb Garden Facebook Images, How To Make A Vertical Herb Garden Photos for Tumblr. I am afraid of planting because of the chemicals used in pallets but I think the fabric will prevent the chemicals from seeping into the soil. Items that normally might have been thrown away found new uses in a student exhibit in March at Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. Aluminum cans became plant tags, coat hangers helped support vining plants and pallets became an A-frame vertical planter and an entire suite of patio furniture! The exhibit was created by students in the horticulture programs at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the adult education program at McKinley High School as well as the day program at McKinley High School. The exhibit received three awards at Plantasia: the Buffalo Spree Award for Best Landscape, Best Garden in the small garden category and Best use of Water in the small garden category (the exhibit included a hydroponics demonstration).
With the second style, you take the lid of an aluminum can, poke a small hole in the lid and thread it onto a shepherd’s hook made of a piece out of a wire coat hanger. My favorite idea, though, was to take the entire can and poke it upside-down into the dirt.
Tip: Dan Robillard, horticulture teacher at McKinley High School day program and adult education, pointed out that the students mixed in many vegetable plants among the ornamental plants– and it looked lovely!
In order to prevent the spread of insects that might be living in the wooden pallet (and thereby prevent the spread of invasive species), pallets are treated to kill the insects. The wood can be treated with heat in a kiln or oven, or it can be treated with a chemical called methyl bromide. According to this post on Instructables, pallets now need to be stamped to show which method was used to treat the wood.
The A-frame vertical planter was built by the adult students at McKinley with help from some of the high school students and is a simple project.
Simply take two pallets and nail on a brace (a horizontal piece of wood) in two spots to hold them together. The furniture that you see in the photo at the beginning of the story is also a project that a beginner can handle, said Leshinsky, the NCCC student. He used a full pallet for the back of the loveseat, seen in the center of the photo at the beginning of this article.
The most important thing to keep in mind when building the chairs and loveseat are the angles, Leshinsky said. The parts of the chairs most likely to show wear and tear are the planks on the seats, Leshinsky said.
Other faculty members involved with the exhibit included Carolyn Stanko of NCCC and Ron Callea, high school teacher at McKinley.


This entry was posted on April 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm and is filed under Garden tips, Recent events, Uncategorized. I will use old plant markers from the nursery and use duck tape and make a new front & back, though the sun does fade the writing over time. Build your own herb garden box to use in your garden, your patio or even your balcony with this guide. Decide what size box will conveniently fit in the space in which you'll be installing your garden box. Make your box narrow in width so that you can easily reach across it to tend and harvest your herbs. Cut four corner supports using two inch by two inch wood for a herb garden box that will be roughly three feet in length. Cut the panels for the width (the narrower side pieces) so that they are all the same size. Screw the short panels that will create the sides to the two inch by two inch supports you have just screwed to the base board. Screw the longer panels that will be the front and back herb box lengths to the vertical supports. Line your finished box with heavy plastic or place preformed plastic plant trays in the bottom of the box.
Paint, stain or oil the outside of the wood to make the herb garden box more attractive and help it resist the wear and tear of weather. Place a two inch layer of gravel in the bottom of your plastic liner(s) for additional drainage for the plants.
Fill the remainder of the herb box with potting soil so it tops out about an inch from the top of the container. The space he’s always used for a garden has fairly poor soil and lacks the bright sunlight to really produce. Joe asked them to cut the 16-foot planks in half, and the 12-foot planks into three 4-foot sections. For each of the 17-inch sections of 2×4, use the square and the circular saw to mark and cut a 45-degree angle on one end.
In order to prevent the wood splitting during construction, pre-drill holes into the sides and anchors. Once you have the long pieces attached to the short piece, pre-drill 2 more holes from the long piece into the vertical anchors to add more support to the whole thing. Next, Joe stood the whole thing up with the 8-foot 2×12 on the ground and the short pieces sticking up in the air.
Joe wanted ours at the highest in our yard so that it would get full sun almost all of the day.
Most (not all) pressure treated wood has chemicals in it and I would not want the chemicals leaching into the food that we eat! There was a time when pressure treated lumber contained arsenic (CCA) and was not considered safe for use in raised vegetable gardens because the arsenic leached out into the soil. Or line the inside with heavy plastic (but then Ia€™m sure some will worry about the plastic a€?leachinga€? stuff into the soil) or line the sides with rock or some other material. I had every intention of starting my garden a month ago, however with the unusually low temperatures in my area this year, we are just now finishing it. Bring the black landscaping cover over the sides of the grow boxes and put 2x4x8 pieces of wood on the top to finish the box. I’m always running out of plant tags, but I hate to buy them for myself because the nice ones tend to be expensive. The lid gives you a nice, large area to write on– You could include the the date you planted the specimen, the Latin name as well as the common name of the plant, or other helpful information.
An accomplished woodworker, he already had experience building Adirondack chairs from standard lumber pieces in his home workshop. It’s difficult to pull pallets apart, he said, because the nails that are used in them are like panel pins (sort of like a nail with the ridges of a screw) and are difficult to pull out. When the students retrieved the pallets, the weather was in the high 30s  and the pallets were covered with snow.
You could sand down the seat and smooth the edges, Leshinsky said, or drape the chairs with a towel or add cushions.
Leshinsky thinks the pallet furniture won’t last as long as furniture made from better lumber. If a plank splits, you can remove it and replace it with a plank from a new pallet, he said.


I guess if you have one set of broken mini-blinds, you’d have a lifetime supply of construction material. Herbs are easy to grow and if you raise them where they will be easy to harvest you are likely to use them more often than you would if you had to hike out into your landscape in search of your favorite item. Do not use greenwood or recycled wood that has been previously painted or coated because the toxins in the paint can leach into the soil. If your box will only be six or eight inches deep, you can use a single board or panel for each of the sides using wood that is the same six or eight inches in width.
Allow the ends of these front and back boards to overlap with the edges of the shorter sides.
Leaving a gap between the soil and the edge of your box will keep soil and excess water from spilling over the top.
Choose herbs that will grow the best with the amount of sun and shade available in the area where your box is located. These will be attached to the corners of the raised bed, and they will anchor the bed into the ground. Pre-drill two holes from the 8-foot segment into the end of the 4-foot segment, roughly two inches from the top and bottom of the board. He used 2x12s because he wanted to add a full foot of good soil on top of our not-so-great clay. This will not only keep weeds from getting into your box, but will also keep the dirt from going out through the cracks. Screw these pieces of wood on top to keep the black cover in place and also to give it a solid finish edge to sit on. The small plastic markers are cheaper, but they get knocked over in the winter by wind or rabbits or get pushed out of the ground when the ground freezes. However, once the ink is dry, you can run water over it and scrub, but that lettering isn’t going anywhere. The post includes a picture of what the stamp looks like and what each part of the code means. He came up with the design for the chairs made from pallets after looking at pictures of similar projects on the Internet. He estimates the pallet furniture will last five to seven years and other furniture will last 12 to 15 years.
Because you can build an herb garden box to any size, you can grow your own herbs in either large or small spaces. A larger box might need extra vertical supports added along the length depending on how long it is. Remember, the boards on the front and sides should cover the edges of the bottom piece of wood, meaning that you need to factor in the thickness of the base board into the total interior depth. You will have the best selection of herbs if you can place your herb garden box where it will have six hours or relatively direct sun. My husband decided to use some old pallets that we had laying around to make a  garden grow box. When I go out in the spring to see what I have planted where, the small tag is lying on the ground and I’m not sure what plant it goes with. Leshinsky took the wood to his workshop where the temperature was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the wood was much easier to work with.
A nicely designed herb garden box can be a decorative asset to any place you choose to install it.
Another advantage to using screws is that you can always take apart your herb garden box easily if you need to in the future.
The leaching of chemicals out of MCQ is practically non-existent and using the treated lumber for a vegetable bed is safe because the chemicals do not leach out into the soil. Make sure your box is at least 6 inches deep to accommodate the bottom of the box yet still provide plenty of soil depth for plant roots inside. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling.




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