Treating Wooden Garden Beds

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If you did not see my last gardening post, click HERE to learn more about the raised beds I put in my garden.  I love how they look and am so excited to begin my garden.

After putting soil into a few of the beds, it occurred to me that I should treat the wood so it would look nicer for longer and last longer.  I wanted to use an effective treatment that would not add unhealthy chemicals to my garden beds.  After investigating, I tried two different ways.  The first is a DIY mixture of jojoba oil and beeswax.  Here's a LINK the recipe I used.  There are several methods described for treating wood, but I chose the one listed as #1.  This method worked well, but it was a bit pricey. 

For the majority of the boxes, I used a pre-made formula made from vegetable oil and citrus oils.  It was slightly more economical and still chemical-free.

Both worked well and were easy to "paint" on.  The wood just drank it up as if it were thirsty.  You can see here the difference between wood that was treated and wood that was not.

If I had it to do again, I would have treated all the wood before assembling the boxes, but... lesson learned.  If you're interested in the boxes I used, check out these links.


Now, it's time to get that garden growing!

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