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Old 05-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Hey all!

I am in the process of planning a new garden for my wife and I'm debating on how to handle the garden boxes.

We're going for something like this ...

http://www.houzz.com/photos/1295184/...scape-dc-metro

So I was thinking about creating some garden boxes with pressure-treated lumber, laying those down on the ground, then filling the boxes with garden soil, and the surrounding areas with rocks for the paths, and lastly adding the stones for borders.

Is that the right way to go about this?

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Welcome to the Forum!

myself I'd recommend using the stone or something like concrete block. unless you use ground contact rated preservative treated wood it will rot. stone or concrete block, even brick will last longer. just my humble thoughts .....

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Thanks for the welcome!

One thought I had was to use a 1x6 pine with the intention of letting it rot. Basically use it as a temporary box with the assumption that over time it would just rot away (hopefully leaving not chemicals in the soil).
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using plain pine will certainly rot and since it is not treated should not leave chemicals
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So I was thinking about creating some garden boxes with pressure-treated lumber, laying those down on the ground, then filling the boxes with garden soil, and the surrounding areas with rocks for the paths, and lastly adding the stones for borders.
Are these boxes going to be placed on the surface of the ground and filled, or dug down so the top edge will be even with the ground?

If the first, it will quickly become expensive to fill inside and outside the boxes.
If the second, it's gonna be a lot of digging.

Have you considered a raised bed garden? If you're not familiar with it, google it.

Edited to add: How large of a garden are you planning?

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