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Post  unit649 on 4/25/2014, 5:30 pm

I found these wooden crates at Habitat for Humanity Resale Store.  They contained auto parts going to the local assembly plant. Large, very thick, plastic bags were still lining the crates, so I don't think anything would have gotten on the crates. They were shipped from Oman, Jordan, so I was worried about that, but read if they are treated by heat instead of pesticides, they were ok for gardens.  I checked and they all had the "HT" marking for heat treated, so they should be free of pesticides.  So at $7.50 each, I bought 7 of them and am making 7 more SFG beds out of them.  They are 28 inches by 41 inches and about 3 feet high. 

I am trying to come up with ideas to fill up the bottoms, about half way, before I put the Mel's Mix in.  I found free fill dirt and rocks, but neither my husband nor myself are able to load that much and then unload it.  I have some rocks and busted blocks, but not enough for all 7.  I have saved tons of Gatorade containers, with plans to make them into a greenhouse.  So I thought about using those to take up some of the space.  My husband suggested filling them with water, to help prevent them from being crushed by the weight.

So what do you all think?  Would that work?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/25/2014, 5:44 pm

OH!. Those are neat! Can you remove the top couple or three boards and bring the beds down to a more manageable size? Then maybe you wouldn't have to fill them with anything. you'd also have some left over boards to make more beds later. Yuk yuk yuk... Wink 
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Post  walshevak on 4/25/2014, 6:01 pm

Empty soda bottles, milk jugs, juice jugs, packing peanuts, large pieces of styrofoam packing from around electronics, broken  block/brick, topped with enough clean fill dirt, sand or partly finished compost to level off.  Then a nice 6-7"  layer of MM.  You can put a barrier of weedblock between the MM and the filler, but it it is clean I wouldn't bother. 
No need to fill with water.
 I've saved and used packing peanuts in my really deep flower pots for years.

But I like the idea of taking off the top layers of wood and making more boxes even better

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Post  unit649 on 4/25/2014, 11:19 pm

Thanks, CapeCoddess, that would be a good idea, but I want to make these higher, like table top beds.  I have a bad back, shoulder and neck.

Walshevak, that is some great ideas.  I do have some packing peanuts and I just saw someone on Craigslist that had a lot of shipping supplies for free!  I will check that out.

Well I lined one of the crates with landscape fabric, after drilling drainage holes.  And put two of my tall garbage bags full of the Gatorade bottles, filled with water in.  It looks like it will take about 77 bottles to make one layer.  Guess I could put in the packing peanuts around them and then put a small layer of fill dirt.

I want these to be deep beds, for potatoes and Carrots. There is about 14 inches now above the Gatorade bottles.  I wanted about 12 inches of Mels Mix.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 4/25/2014, 11:53 pm

I guess you wouldn't want to simply build a second "story/floor" a couple of feet off the ground with one of the pallets? Even right on top of what you've already got?
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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/26/2014, 1:40 am

woodchips, grass clippings, cardboard, news paper these items would break down over time  Very Happy 

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Post  Kelejan on 4/26/2014, 2:06 am

Twelve inches of MM would be a tad expensive, I think.
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Post  sanderson on 4/26/2014, 3:37 am

Think of them as deluxe penthouse Top Hats!
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Post  unit649 on 4/26/2014, 9:45 am

Marc and sanderson, that might be an idea.  There were actually lids that came with each crate.  I had thought of cutting them off to fit inside, but it would be a lot of work for us old folks.  The lids are made with nails that are each bent over, so it would be hard to dismantle them.  But maybe it would not be any harder than the other possibilities.

Thank you all, you are great!
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Post  camprn on 4/26/2014, 10:05 am

I would cut the crates horizontally and get two boxes out of each.

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