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Cheaper than cedar, or cedar simulated. They didn't have any pine untreated for some of the boards I needed.
Lol, my father in law said the same thing. However, I planted broccoli in the middle, which doesn't require much attention. The tomatoes and herbs surround the edges of the bed, so they are easily reached. I can touch the center with a little leaning, so it wasn't as big of a deal as you and my father in law think :).
Thanks for your comments. I was aware of the soil only wicking up 11 inches. The first 12-14 inches is gravel and the water bed. The soil is only 12 inches deep. I used leaf mulch and top soil, and it is working quite well. In fact, the garden is thriving and looking for a huge harvest in a couple of weeks.
I did the stakes and the braces on the inside. I see your point about the stakes eventually rotting, but I think the inside braces will hold.
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