Hi everyone,

Let me introduce a versatile, modular and affordable product - collapsible modular Raised Garden Beds ( less than $40 each + freight).

When I arrived in New Zealand ~3 years ago, I noticed that no one was using pallet collars to build raised garden beds, so I decided to introduce this product myself. I call them "Garden Collars".

They are not only probably the most versatile transport packaging system on the market virtually for any industry, but are also perfect to be used as Raised Garden Beds - a popular item with many Scandinavian households. Affordable and easy to use - no screws, nails, tools, no staking, not even assembling required - simply open and put them on the ground and/or on top of one other to get the desired height (every 195 mm). You can even reconnect the boards to build raised beds of many different shapes and sizes.

In New Zealand (Wellington) and Australia (Somerton, VIC) we have 2 sizes available - 1200x1000x195 mm and 1200x800x195 mm, and in the U.S. (South San Francisco) - 48"x40"x7.7".

You can find lots of pictures/ customer feedback on our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KiwiCollars.

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Comment by Hayley Stovold on April 14, 2009 at 12:19pm
Hello Irmantas, my name is Hayley Stovold and I am a student at AUT University who is taking SIFE (students in free enterprise) as one of my papers this semester. Our project for this semester is to work alongside Ooooby and help to promote their ideas further around Auckland and get more people signed up to Ooooby so they can utilise the benefits of becoming more self-sufficent.
We are setting up workshops in the month of May and maybe June to help teach people and create awareness about how easy and how rewarding it can be to create their own vegetable gardens etc and to ultimately be able to grow their own produce and not rely on super markets for fresh produce.
What we are wondering of you is whether or not you would be interested in coming along and speaking at one of these workshops to show people how easy it is to make one of your “Kiwi Collars” raised gardens, and how beneficial they are, especially in a place like Auckland where people do not have a lot of garden etc to grow vegetables.
We were also wondering if you would consider donating one of your raised gardens as a prize to one of the lucky people who turn up and participate in one of these workshops so that they can have a head-start on becoming self sufficient.

Thank you so much for your time and I hope you like the idea of what we are organising and hope you will love to be a part of it all.

Please get back to me, my email is haylz002@gmail.com

Kindest Regards,

Hayley Stovold

Comment by Irmantas Domarkas on April 7, 2009 at 10:34pm
Yes, a private message preferred, for prices differ per country, as do the freight costs.
Comment by Pete Russell on April 7, 2009 at 10:24pm
Can people order the Kiwi Collars by sending you a message on Ooooby? And what is the price?
Comment by C.Urchin on April 7, 2009 at 9:47pm
Thanks for the clarification Irmantas , if 5 years is achieved , they appear very good value at the price quoted. Cheers
Comment by Irmantas Domarkas on April 7, 2009 at 8:25pm

5-7 years is not a problem in Scandinavian climate, at last. The ones that I use in NZ have been out there for over a year and a half now (with NO protective finish, as an experiment) and still looking good. Their color changed, of course, and there is very little impact from rot on the inside - I am sure they will last for a few more years. The flower bed (the picture on my blog) that I painted from the outside is absolutely fine. 20 mm is not that bad, actually...
I will post some more pictures from my vegetable garden in its "prime" :-)
Comment by C.Urchin on April 7, 2009 at 7:47pm
Well done on the tanalise free product Irmantas .... however 20mm wood , hmmm , really what is the life expectancy under normal raised garden conditions? Cheers C
Comment by Irmantas Domarkas on April 7, 2009 at 5:47pm
Yes, absolutely. Our collars are Heat Treated instead (better durability without chemicals), what reduces the shrinkage and swelling of the wood, improves the equilibrium moisture content of the wood and its resistance to rot. I do recommend coating them with Linseed Oil, what is a natural (made from the pressed seeds of the common flax plant) waterproofing and protecting solution which won't harm the environment. The collars are made of 20 mm solid "white wood" (Scandinavian spruce) boards.
Comment by Pete Russell on April 7, 2009 at 5:32pm
These are fantastic. Are they contaminant free?

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