When your wooden raised garden bed eventually wears out and needs to be replaced. Or maybe you're ready to increase the size of your modular raised garden bed so you have more room to grow. Either way, you've decided it's time for a better modular raised garden bed. What would you replace your modular raised garden bed with?
Durable Modular Raised Garden Bed
How often you need to replace a raised garden bed really depends on its material. However, the climatic conditions in which a raised garden bed is located also have a huge impact. A wooden raised garden bed that gets scorched on it all year round, much faster than in shaded weather. Of course, the type of wood matters. It also matters whether the wood it's used in is regularly damp, although any wood will weaken sooner or later between heat and humidity.
The University of Massachusetts Department of Architecture and Construction Technology has an interesting article on how much people believe about wood is actually a myth. For one thing, kiln-dried wood still contains a lot of moisture when purchased. They say the problems we see in wood - peeling paint, rotting, warping, cracks and shrinkage - are all due to water in the wood that was there when we bought it or that it absorbed where it was in water in the environment. When you're buying wood from the store, you'll see a label that states its moisture content - but that only tells you how much moisture it was when it was shaped and prepared, not what it is now. It might have been shipped from the west coast, or it might have built up a lot outside and absorbed a lot of moisture before it got to your hands.
Another myth is that cedar and redwood are rot-resistant. Now we know what you're thinking! It's a common statement and rarely asked questions. But that's an exaggeration, and it's a real disappointment for anyone who spends a lot of money on cedar or redwood only to find that their outdoor raised garden beds aren't as long as they thought. Almost any type of untreated sapwood is not resistant to rot. Heartwood is more durable, but also more expensive, and largely impossible to obtain since nearly all of the old growth forest has been cleared. When you use common woods that are considered more durable, such as cedar, mahogany, white oak, and locust, you still need a waterproofing treatment.
This brings up another problem...Most organic gardeners don't want to use treated wood because of the serious concern that chemicals will seep into their soil. As we all know, truly organic, non-toxic gardening starts with the non-toxic Olle modular raised garden beds.
Olle modular raised garden beds can last for decades. We say 20+ years with confidence, but it might actually be longer than that. When your wooden raised garden beds are reaching their limits and you're tired of:
Replace every 5 years
Change the soil in the bed every 5 years
Bend over - ouch! my back
Repaint wooden raised garden beds to make them look better
Pull shards from split wood
Check out Olle Modular Raised Garden Beds for a long-lasting, non-toxic, sturdy, attractive and customizable raised garden bed kit. Have more questions? We are happy to answer these questions for you.
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