Milling Cedar for Raised Beds

Spent much of the summer milling cedar for some raised beds.



I’ve got a pretty sweet bunch of boards stacked and drying, the largest being more than 14″ wide, and with more to be milled.



Once the rains come, I plan to treat the boards using a “Shou-sugi-ban Yakisugi” technique.

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7 Responses to Milling Cedar for Raised Beds

  1. Kate says:

    How beautiful and how ambitious! Did your cedars die from bark beetles/drought? It would be kind of a funny life-giving-you-lemons thing if they did. Turning the tables on the current situation that way is more than clever, (using fire, no less). You’re going to love your raised beds. How are you planning on keeping gophers out?

    • zack says:

      That particular cedar was too close to the house, and leaning toward it besides. I did unfortunately lose a few pines to beetles, and those will have to come down. I plan to mill those as well, assuming the wood is any good. The anti-gopher plan is hardware cloth on the bottoms of the beds, and I might do some sort of root exclusion material as well. The local cedars seem to want to fill the garden with roots, though I don’t suppose I can blame them.

      • Kate says:

        Reason I asked is the chicken wire I put down in the bottom of the beds 10 years ago finally gave out – or maybe the gophers chewed through it. I was thinking of hardware cloth too, for round 2, but I’m not quite sure what size of holes a gopher can get through. Also looking for a better way than a staple gun to attach the wire to the sides. Anyways, you’ve certainly earned my respect for felling your trees and hand milling the wood, mountain man!

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