Raised Garden Beds in San Diego
I'm planning on putting in 2 4ft x 6ft raised beds over the next couple of weeks. I'll be using one for strawberries (yes, I know I'll need to enlarge it after a couple of years) and the other will have pickling cucumbers and tomatoes. I'm going cross-eyed from all the research, but have a few (hopefully) basic questions....
1. Best material to build the beds. If lumber, treated or untreated? I worry about chemical contamination. What kind of lumber is best? I've heard cedar is, but not sure if they carry it at the local Lowes or HD (or how expensive it is).
2. If using lumber to build the beds, will those attract termites? The beds will be approximately 15 feet from the foundation of the house. We had to treat the house when we bought it and that's a headache I don't need again.
3. I've heard of people using concrete blocks, but worry about chemical contamination and cost.
4. Best kind of soil? I'm looking at a mixture of 70% Sandy Loam Textured Soil- 30% Humic Compost from the municipal composting facility and mixing in perlite and maybe manure as well. I have a compost bin started, but it's not ready yet so I'm stuck going with store-bought products for now.
5. Gopher control. We've got a major gopher problem in our yard. They're cute, but if they get into my garden, there's gonna be trouble.
Any advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!