raised cedar beds- does the wood have to be dried?

sarahgcDecember 20, 2010

Hello everyone-

I may be able to get cedar for raised bed fairly cheap, but it would be fresh from a sawmill instead of dried. They have 8 foot long lengths that are 6" or 12" wide, and either 1" or 2" thick.

I'm planning a raised bed that is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide, and I'll brace it along the side.

So, If I don't wait for it to dry, will it bow more? and would you rather have a 12" deep or a 6" deep garden ( i'm thinkg 12")

thanks!

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chudak(10 San Diego)

The first beds I built were 8" and I used pine.

When I remodeled my backyard this summer I redid all my raised beds and this time I used redwood. I opted for 12" beds even though they are on dirt. I just like having a deeper bed even though SFG tells you that you can grow things fine in half that much dirt.

Regarding wet/dry...the biggest problem I think you'll have is your fasteners. As the wood dries it will shrink and your fasteners may become loose.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2010 at 6:37PM
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sarahgc

Thanks for the advice! I hadn't thought about fasteners coming loose.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2010 at 8:26PM
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steveinjersey(7)

Don't know what area of the country you're in, but if you have a couple months before planting time, why not put the boards in your garage or basement and let them dry a bit before making the beds.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2011 at 10:05AM
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