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    Iím planning on building some small planters for the garden. I plan to line them with some sort of liner but Iím keen to avoid leaching of chemicals into the food that Iíll be growing.

    What are my options?
    Iíve seen croma wood preserver. Is there anything else I can use?

  • #2
    I use the ranch type paint that's sold for doing fences etc - its quite cheap and does an OK job - other possibilities include bitumen (takes a while to dry), scorching the wood with a blow lamp, some sort of lining material like pond liner.

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    • #3
      I used opened out compost bags to line mine, probably would do that again though, soil inevitably finds it's way behind the lining, and after 4 or 5 years the bags themselves go brittle and crumble into the soil.
      He-Pep!

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      • #4
        I ended up using pond liner and some wood preservative and fingers crossed:

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        • #5
          very professional - now to whip up a few more for selling at the local car boot :-)

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          • #6
            Nice work. I would have used pond liner too.
            Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
            By singing-'Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade,
            While better men than we go out and start their working lives
            At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. ~ Rudyard Kipling

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nickdub View Post
              very professional - now to whip up a few more for selling at the local car boot :-)
              I made my dad a trough like this for Fathers' Day a couple of years ago:

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              Unlike this one (made with scavenged wood) I bought tanalised timber to do it properly. It cost me just over £50 and a few days because I'm not a fast worker, and I began to understand the prices in the garden centres....
              Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
              By singing-'Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade,
              While better men than we go out and start their working lives
              At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. ~ Rudyard Kipling

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              • #8
                Damp proof membrane if you can get it at a good price
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                1574 gin and tonics please Monica, large ones.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nickdub View Post
                  very professional
                  If only. I used timber from Wickes. Let's just say it wasn't perfectly square and straight. On the far side, I had to use a tiny bit of filler to hide the gap between the vertical and the angle wood of the A-frame.

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