Raised Beds – Improvising Materials

Q: My wife and I are going to add raised garden beds to our garden. Pine framing lumber deteriorates quickly and I don’t like treated wood. I work for a company that has hundreds of discarded tracks from loaders. Could I bury them on edge to make sides for a garden plot?

A: I don’t have any information that says the rubber tracks are dangerous and I would imagine that after lots of use there would be little chance of harmful chemicals being on the surface. That said, I can’t guarantee that using the tracks would be safe. However, I love the idea because you’d be recycling something that is of no use. Your idea seems worth a try and you could make fun curved edges for the beds!

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