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I would like to build some grow boxes for vegetables. Do you have any recommendations what type of wood or other material should be used for a grow box?

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Best wood is something that can hold up to getting wet and is not treated with chemicals, that possibly leach into your vegetables. 

Cedar or redwood is good but expensive.  It's all a matter of how much you want to spend and how long you want these boxes to last.  Pine is cheaper, but will rot out sooner.

University of Missouri Extension has a good article on raised bed gardening with many options you might consider.  Click on http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=g6985

Posted on 14 May 2009

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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