planter box


Old 04-17-05, 07:00 AM
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planter box

I'm going to build large planter boxes (8' x 8') to plant some vegetables and herbs in. I don't want to use the pressure-treated wood because of the chemicals used to treat it. I was looking for cedar at my local megastore, but didn't find any large enough planks.

I did find 2 x 12 Hemlock. Would that be a good material to use? Will it stand up to the elements well (I live in Massachusetts).

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-17-05, 01:50 PM
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Most any wood will fail with exposure to moisture and soil. I would use southern yellow pine, or its local equivalent, and paint it before assembly. Make sure it drains well.

If you can afford it, white oak or redwood are closed cell woods and will last longer than most. Ipe would be the best untreated wood for the project, to me.

Hope this helps.
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