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raised beds
« on: February 05, 2011, 10:10 »
Hi

I've just got my allotment and want to create beds. Does anyone know how i get old planks - i don't want to waste good wood

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 10:18 »
Welcome to the site  :D

Have you tried scaffolding firms - they may get rid of old boards?

I'm going to move this over to Design & Construction as others may have more ideas
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Re: raised beds
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 10:25 »
Hello and welcome to the site,

My latest raised beds are made from wood from a timber auction, very cheap, less than 2 for a 6 metre by half a metre plank, have to buy in bulk though :(
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Re: raised beds
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 16:17 »
Hi,

Just wondered which auction you used Jamie as we recently moved house and I am landscaping the garden and making some raised beds on a tight budget. Or does anyone else know any local timber auctions or can offer advise on using them? Thanks


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Re: raised beds
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 16:32 »
I used the York auction :)

Where abouts in wakefield are you?

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2011, 18:56 »
my allotment neighbour just got a load of substandard joists for what sounds like quite reasonable price - from online supplier

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2011, 18:59 »
How about paving stones - or 'flags'   partially sunk into the soil.   Cement don't rot !   Cheers,   ::) Tony.
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Re: raised beds
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2011, 19:30 »
Scaffolding firms now have to replace their boards, I think every three years under H & S regs. On our plots we club together and order 50 x 10' boards and we get them for 1 each delivered. Cheap as chips.  :)

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011, 14:08 »
Hi Andy 135,
Would you be willing to divulge where you get your used scaff planks from please? I cannot get hold of them even though I'm willing to pay. Many thanks. I need several metres worth to set up beds on my new plot

Lil
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Re: raised beds
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2011, 14:32 »
Get a torch and visit a local building site at night

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 14:39 »
Of course you can always make beds out of something a bit lighter than scaffold planks. You should be able to source GRAVEL BOARDS at any half decent builders merchant. Per my link 5.00 for 2.4 metres is quite usual. Its what we use and depending on where you are in the UK you might be able to get something called sarking boards - they are much the same in size and shape. :)
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Re: raised beds
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2011, 14:54 »
Thanks Argyllie. Good suggestion.
I've looked into timber gravel boards, indeed have been eyeing some up in a popular DIY store, and will turn to these as an alternative if I cannot get hold of the scaff planks. Scaff planks just seem so much more robust though.  :)

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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 15:12 »
They will be sturdier Lillibet, quite true but that makes them heavier to work with. Perhaps that isn't a concern to you though. :) With regard to the boards being long-lasting for anyone new to these materials, the gravel or sarking boards are tanalised although I didn't state this in my previous post. :)

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Re: raised beds
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2011, 14:36 »
I used gravel boards from Wickes, bulk buy in packs of 5, they are 2.4 long and 150 high, thats 8ft x 6inches and pack of 5 just over 21, couple of lenghts of 2 x 2 for the corners, maybe not the cheapest way but they come from sustanable timber supplies, maybe a fencing supplier could be cheaper.



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