Your beds should be bordered with wood if possible. This makes for a neater garden which is easier to take care of, and it allows you to build up your soil more easily and to cover individual beds more readily for protection (see chapter three). The ideal size for lumber is two-by-sixes or two-by-eights. This is fairly expensive if you buy it, but you should be able to find some for free. There's always some construction in the neighborhood and builders throw away a lot of good lumber. Just ask the foreman. Chances are he's a gardener and will have a personal interest in your project. Some inquisitive builders have even offered to deliver the lumber so they could look at my garden plan. Be careful: you don't want to tell too much about your new business or you may have an unemployed builder as your new competitor.
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