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What is a good wood to use for a raised garden bed?

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Cedar is a good choice for building a raised garden bed. Natural oils in the wood make it rot resistant, and a cedar bed may last up to 15 years. Cedar usually costs about twice as much as pine, but it will last up to three times longer.

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What is a good wood to use for a raised garden bed?
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Redwood and black locust timbers have been known to last up to 20 years in a garden bed, but these woods are less readily available and more expensive than cedar. Composite lumbers are rot resistant and easy to work with but expensive. Pressure-treated pine is a cheaper option, but it needs to be treated with alkaline copper quat rather than chromated copper arsenate if it is to be used for growing food.

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