[permaculture] Advice on bed borders

Robert Waldrop rmwj at soonernet.com
Thu Mar 27 19:17:42 EST 2003

I am helping someone do some front yard gardening, and he is
interested in a more formal look than I have with my front yard
gardens.  (My garden beds are outlined with logs.)  He can't afford
the expensive landscape stones that are typically used for retaining
walls, but he already has a supply of 2 X 6 X 12 lumber, and so we
were thinking about making beds with them, in several different shapes
(squares, rectangles, triangles, etc). We also have some natural
stones that he has acquired, and were thinking of incorporating them
somehow with those borders  We were wondering about using a varnish or
stain or paint on the lumber before using it for garden bed borders.
Any thoughts?  The lumber hasn't been treated with a preservative.

He also has some used railroad ties, and we were wondering about them.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Robert Waldrop, OKC

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