peachguy
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Pressure treated wood for raised vegetable garden?

Is it safe to use pressure treated wood for a raised vegie garden?

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It isn't ideal, no. But it can be done (I had that at my old home in FL). I haven't died, the plants did fine - if you do use them, I'd line the inside walls of the bed with something to protect the soil from the chemicals.

Ideal would be brick or rock or stone.

peachguy
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Could I used some left over plastic to line it with? Just around the wood?

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Just be careful what plastic you use. PVC plastics have platicizers added to them that leak out of the plastic and contaminate local soils and water systems.

FLgardenboy245
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im using pressure treated wood from my sisters bunkbed and my plants are growing just fine :twisted: :D

Ironman1079
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go for it, i think people get too nervous about this...

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It isn't about whether the plants will grow well, it's about your safety. Treated wood is treated with arsenic :shock: , which will leak into the soil. Use regular wood; it will still last a couple of years, and the extra effort to replace it when it does eventually rot is worth not contaminating your soil and your body. :wink:

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