Raised Garden Beds
Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:48 PM
Was thinking about using 4x6 cedar tone treated wood. Are they supposed to be safe?
Posted May 21, 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted May 21, 2012 - 05:20 PM
Posted May 22, 2012 - 08:04 AM
Posted May 22, 2012 - 09:12 AM
And at one time there was a very good reason to not use treated woods, since they used arsenic in the treatment.
EPA, got involved and the chemicals used have changed so it is not near as dangerous in food production as it once was.
Can the chemicals leach out and contaminate the soil? Yes,No,Maybe! I Have row crop farmers on two sides of me, and have come to accept that I can never go totally organic on my place due to wind drift and water runoff.
And there are a lot of people using Treated lumber in raised beds,my dad's tomato patch for example.
With no obvious effects, other than the fact that's he's becoming a grumpy old man. At 83 and having raised 7 children he's earned that right?
With that said, I agree that there are rot resistant, natural woods that would be better. The availability and pricing can be regional. Try to find Red Wood at a reasonable price in the midwest( I love the stuff but it takes a ton of gold to buy it). Cedar is more universally available around the country, and I particularly like to use and work Western Red Cedar. If one were in the South and South East, I would be partial to Cypress.
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Posted May 22, 2012 - 11:28 AM
Posted May 22, 2012 - 12:08 PM
Locust posts last a very long time. May be an option in some places of the country.
They Sure are(Never thought of that) and should be very available in Minnesota. Another good choice is Osage Orange(many local names for same species) We call it Hedge in Iowa and many call it Iron Wood.
Either will last 30 yrs + buried in the ground.
Pioneers planted both all over the midwest as they traveled through and Homsteaded. As it makes very durable Fencing.
And those wicked thorns( biggest drawback) kept stock in and varmints out.
I once worked for a farmer, while layed off at the factory, cutting Black Loocust out of a pasture, they took off like a Noxious Weed and saplings were everywhere.
Edited by JD DANNELS, May 22, 2012 - 12:09 PM.
Posted May 22, 2012 - 06:49 PM
When I built my raised beds I used treated lumber.
Posted May 23, 2012 - 09:53 AM
You might want to give it a try. I've made some beautiful picture frames from relatively cheap 5/4 Decking planks.
Posted May 23, 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted May 23, 2012 - 02:42 PM
Posted May 24, 2012 - 06:56 AM
To keep the lumber for the beds in place, simply drill holes in the wood every 3 feet or so and pound a short piece of rebar through the hole into the ground.
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Posted May 24, 2012 - 08:40 AM