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    Well this IS well and truly off topic.. but here goes...

    I want to make some big garden boxes to grow veges and herbs in (like the ones Josh Byrne has on Gardening Australia). I want to make a simple wooden frame and then "wrap" corrugated iron sheets around the outside.

    My question... can I just attached the CI to the sides of the frame and will it naturally form that nice curved corner like the Gardening Australia ones?.... or do I need to get the CI specially bent? :-/

    If I need it specially bent... does anyone know of anywhere in Brisbane/Ipswich vicinity that I can get this done at a reasonable price?

    Any help gratefully received!

    Your in off topicness

    Meg

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    Re: Corrugated iron

    Im pretty certain you cannot simply bend corrugated iron at right angles to the corrugations. The reason it is corrugated is to stop precisely that happening. To give it rigidity along its length.

    It can be curved, as in rainwater tanks, with special machinery.

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    • #3
      Re: Corrugated iron

      Originally posted by robusto link=1187505102/0#1 date=1187505513
      It can be curved, as in rainwater tanks, with special machinery.
      Yep, if you go to a tank manufacturer they can roll the CI with a radius..... and not a very sharp one either.... When done that way they are self supporting - no need for any frame at all.

      You cant bend or shape CI yourself at right angles to the corrugations...... but you can along the corrugations. Its not easy - but possible.

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      • #4
        Re: Corrugated iron

        THANKS!

        I suspected as much....

        now to find a tank maker with some spare time!

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        • #5
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          It wouldnt be hard to make the frame fit the iron, run some timber in the corners I mean and then screw the iron in behind it. Would look nice to I think.

          I can explain better if you like

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          • #6
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            Meg, from memory I think Josh had his specially made by a tank manufacturer and they sort of rounded off the tops for him so you couldnt cut yourself.

            My guess would be that they wouldnt come cheap. But would last a lifetime and be well worth the investment. i would bet any tank manufacturer would be quite happy to branch out to doing something new and different.

            I just trawled through the gardenting Australia website and found the link of what Josh did
            http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1631789.htm

            Good luck.

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            • #7
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              I wouldnt count on corrugated iron in direct contact with soil lasting a lifetime -- it rusts.

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              • #8
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                I know these garden beds - they are in use over here in WA. They are colourbond or zincalume treated and stand up very well to contact with soil - a lot like a water tank.

                I have a web contact for a WA supplier because I have been looking at installing them in the front yard for vegies.

                The cool think is you can get the colourbond to match your roof colour. . .

                These are the ones you are thinking of I guess:

                http://www.gardenersdirect.com.au/co...%2BGO%21%2B%2B


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                • #9
                  Re: Corrugated iron

                  Another option would be to use 2 matching window wells and bolt them together at their flanges. They come in all kinds of sizes, are made fromt he same material, and are generally pretty cheap. Just no purty colors.


                  Java "Raised beds rock!" phile
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                  • #10
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                    They look fantastic. I would love one for our garden. They would save your back+++++

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                    • #11
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                      Having built the ones in the back garden myself I think if they had have had these I might have been seduced. . .

                      These are the ones I built - very nice but a huge amount of work.

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                        In construction with the big truck under the control of the site supervisor:



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                        • #13
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                          If you think that little one was good lucinda then youd love the one they do that is 80cm high!

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                          • #14
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                            Definitely no rust potential there, Grendel.... Neat job

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                              An alternative is to use straw bales for edging.  The advantage is you can build them what ever size and shape you want.  We have been doing this for some time now and find the whole no dig garden to be the best choice for veggies.

                              A great resource with pics:

                              http://www.lensgarden.com.au/straw_bale_garden.htm

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