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    Default Raised beds - make or buy?

    Hi

    Hope you don't mind me asking yet another question!

    I was wondering how easy raised beds are to make. I haven't done it before but I am not silly and I have a drill and a few other tools - any I don't have, I don't mind buying as long as I'll use them for other projects.

    Have most of you made your own raised beds, or bought them? They seem so expensive to buy for a couple of bits of wood, but maybe someone will suggest otherwise.

    If it helps, I am thinking particularly about some asparagus crowns that I want to prepare for - they will arrive next April.

    Many thanks

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    First you need to work out big you want your beds. Then source the materials. Old scaffold boards are brilliant (you may be able to get them for free as I understand they are only allowed to be used by builders for a certain length of time). Try builders, Freecycle, etc.

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    I make square ones from pallets. They are three boards high secured by screws to four upright lengths of wood and lined with plastic sheet.
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    My OH made mine - he' not that handy but it took him no time at all with scaffold planks

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    make your own,even if you have to shell out for deck boards it will still work out cheaper than ready made and you can make them the size & shape you want.
    ps ditto the scaffold boards
    don't be afraid to innovate and try new things
    remember.........only the dead fish go with the flow

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    I used old scaffold boards that I scounged from various sources..10 beds 4x18 and my strawberry beds are 10x4 feet that is..I am useless at DIY but found these easy and I am 65....it is so easy once they are settled in and I grow everything in them

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    Where does everyone get their scaffold boards from? I tried ringing and there's a man selling them nearby for 6.50 a board!!

    It'd be cheaper for me to buy decking boards

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    ring round theres a massive marked for S/H boards now and timber prices are rising, we've just had a bulk load delivered to site for 4 each not bad for a 13' length, a 13x4 bed works out at less than a tenner
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