Archive for the ‘Raised Garden Beds’ Category

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park – TimberSIL wood bridge #1

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TimberSIL wood potting tables

Stanford Alumni “Beyond the Farm” Day of Service

The Stanford Alumni team built five potting tables, one large picnic bench and planted 20 blueberry plants, assorted edible flowers and citrus trees for Homeboy Industries and The Homegirl Café. Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education. Homegirl Café, a division of Homeboy Industries, offers a one year training program within the food and service industry, empowering young people to redirect their lives and providing them with hope for their futures.

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Non-Toxic Wood Raised Garden Beds

Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Solano Valley Community Garden wooden hillside raised garden beds.
(Please excuse the background freeway noise)


Two years ago after hearing ads on the radio, Al Renner, garden master of the Solano Community Garden, decided to build a prototype TimberSIL wood raised bed to test TimberSIL wood’s non-toxic resistance to weather, insects and wear. After two years the TimberSIL wood 4×4’s shows no signs of wear, rot or deterioration. A year later a larger second TimberSIL bed was built by inner city youth provided by Homeboy Industries and the LA Conservation Corps. While the construction of the second bed was not as sturdy as the first, the TimberSIL wood itself shows no signs of rot or deterioration.

Wheelchair-Accessible Raised Bed Gardens

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship
Scottsdale, AZ

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Enchanted Garden

Camelot’s Enchanted Garden contains two beautiful non-toxic wheelchair-accessible raised bed gardens, a tumbling composter, and a potter’s bench for our students and volunteers to enjoy. The garden was completely built with recycled materials and is designed to last for generations of Camelot Dragon Slayers!

Non-Toxic Wood Play Structre

Here is yet another great application for TimberSIL® wood, a children’s play structure. TimberSIL® wood is the perfect choice for this type of structure, being that it is the only non-toxic preserved wood resistant to rot and insects. Here with TimberSIL® wood used instead of conventional pressure treated wood, parents won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals rubbing off, leaching out and potentially harming their children.

TimberSIL wood kids play structure

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
This site includes information on a petition from the Environmental Working Group and the Healthy Building Network to ban arsenic-treated wood in children’s playground equipment.

Ask This Old House, Episode #905

Building a wheelchair-accessible garden bed
Original Air Date: Week of November 4, 2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook builds a raised garden bed that is accessible by wheelchair. He used landscape timbers infused with glass that are resistant to rot and insect damage.

TimberSIL glass-wood planter box

TimberSIL glass-wood raised planter box










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Greenhouse built with Glass Wood

Tucson, AZ
TimberSIL® wood really is the perfect material for building a greenhouse. TimberSIL’s non-toxic resistance to rot and insect damage makes it very attractive to those with a green thumb.

There are only a couple options on the market that give the strength and beauty of natural wood while being able to resist decay.  Old grown heartwood Redwood and Cedar are known to have a natural resistance to decay. Sadly, most of the old growth forests have been wiped out and today’s Redwood and Cedar are less resistant than they used to be 20-40 years ago.  The younger  juvenile trees harvested today have little to no heartwood, which is much less resistant to insects and rot.

Another option, exotic hardwoods from South America like Ipe or Iron Wood that are extremely hard and dense, these species hold up well and are very strong. Exotic hardwoods come with a very expensive price tag, and most are not sustainably harvested.

Then lastly you have pressure treated wood (PT), wood that uses chemical insecticides and fungicides to preserve the wood from decay. Typically pressure treated wood is green in appearance and is incised with a series of holes which allows the chemical treatment to soak in better. These holes are not very attractive and decrease the strength of the board. You will also have to use specially coated and higher priced fasteners as some the chemicals in the wood can eat right through metal. It is also warned not to use pressure treated wood where the chemicals could come in contact or become a part of food.

TimberSIL® wood is the eco-friendly and longest lasting option.