[Community_garden] Using Trex for Raised Beds

Steven Garrett geografood at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 27 19:58:50 EDT 2007


Adam,
Doesn't look like it. Closest in 1.5" width is only six inches high. Bummer. I want the same product. Here is the list of TREX products:
http://www.trex.com/deckscapes/2003/specs.asp
Steven

adam36055 at aol.com wrote:  I plan on using Trex myself when the untreated boards around my raised vegetable plot rot out. I just Hope I can get some that's two feet high and an inch and a half thick. 
 
 Everbest, 
 Adam Honigman
 
   
  
 -----Original Message-----
 From: MikeMcG at PTD.net
 To: sgarrett at u.washington.edu; community_garden at list.communitygarden.org
 Sent: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 2:22 PM
 Subject: Re: [Community_garden] Using Trex for Raised Beds
 
         
Not mine; I need to replace the (cheap) joiners I originally used this year 
(tin; they fell apart); but the 'lumber' is nice and straight.
                                            ---McG
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven Garrett" <geografood at yahoo.com>
To: <community_garden at list.communitygarden.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Community_garden] Using Trex for Raised Beds


> Mike,
> The drawback that I heard about plastic timber (oxymoronic?) is that it 
> has no grain, like wood, to keep it straight so you need to stabilize it 
> to stop it from bowing way out of shape. How do you do keep yours 
> straight? I have heard of people hammering in rebar strips along the 
> outside of the timbers.
> Steven
>
> Mike McGrath <MikeMcG at PTD.net> wrote: We investigated it thoroughly at 
> ORGANIC GARDENING back when we were railing
> against pressure treated wood in the 90s and found nothing wrong, so we
> recommended it. So much so that I chose to use it personally.
>    It makes the frames in about half of my raised beds and still looks
> close to perfect twenty years later....
>                                        ---Mike McG
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andrea Jadwin"
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 2:07 PM
> Subject: [Community_garden] Using Trex for Raised Beds
>
>
>> Interested in learning whether other community gardeners have data on
>> using composite material (Trex or others made out of recycled wood
>> and plastic) for raised beds.  Specifically, whether there is known
>> danger associated with growing and eating vegetables raised in these
>> types of beds.
>>
>> I have searched the web somewhat but have not found strong scientific
>> information against it.  I'm not really interested in anecdotal
>> theories or political leanings:-)
>>
>> Would appreciate help from anybody who can point me towards solid
>> information about possible toxicity - or not.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Andrea Jadwin
>> San Francisco Garden Resource Organization (SFGRO)
>>
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Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Environmental Geography
University of Washington and
Nutrition Education Evaluation Specialist
Washington State University
 
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