Linseed Oil.linseed oil is an eco-safe wood preservative that was commonly used before modern synthetic sealers were created. It is an all-natural product that can be purchased in organic forms.
Wood is a very versatile material for vegetable gardens. Whether it is used to create raised beds, the edges of paths or a frame for protective netting, wood is the natural choice for many gardeners.
Gardeners have used pressure-treated wood for decades in raised beds and as posts, but on December 31, 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the sale of lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) for residential use.
I’m building raised beds now (summer 2013) and using this system of diy pressure treated wood for our vegetable garden beds. Don’t use it in serious construction. It won’t meet building codes where pressure treated wood is allowed.
Cedar lasts longer, but is $$$. You could use pressure treated pine (what I use). They don't use the arsenic in the wood treatment anymore, so it's perfectly safe for building veggie beds.
Yes, the "new" pressure treated wood is safe for use for raised garden frames... with a few precautions! Up until 2003, the most common preservative used for pressure treated wood was chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a compound using arsenic as its primary rot protectant.
So, nobody had untreated wood, but one store sold me stuff that they said was untreated. I wonder where Mel Bartholomew gets his supplies. Regarding the cost for raised beds, mine were $40 each from Wegman’s for a kit of cedar pieces that are supposed to slide together and make a 4′ x 4′ x 6″ bed.
Here are the types of wood that are commonly used for this purpose, and the pros and cons of each: The lifespan data above is derived in part from an ongoing study at OSU that tracks the durability of treated and untreated posts in ground-contact applications.
Save yourself a few hundred dollars and get pressure treated lumber for your raised bed or other garden projects. It is cheaper than cedar, and worry free. Even if it still contained arsenic it’d be pretty safe, but it doesn’t even have that small risk anymore.
Brian, We don’t tend to use pressure treated lumber in raised (food) gardens. And, we also avoid using sealants on wood. While these may seem safe to some, for us, erring on the side of caution is the direction we prefer to take.
So, should you use copper-treated wood in a raised bed vegetable garden or not? ... Like painting untreated wooden boards with some sort of waterproofing agent—paint, stain, varnish, etc.—so it will last longer. ... 4 thoughts on “ Is Treated Wood Safe in the Vegetable Garden? ” Clay.
Untreated lumber should also be used when you're dealing with gardening, whether you're building a raised garden bed, a flowerpot, or just making mulch. Some of the chemicals used to treat wood are meant to kill insects, which means they probably won't do wonders for your soil either.
The carries a raised garden kit that is made out of Cedar and is “Made in the USA”. There is also a Cedar 2ft X 2ft kit that is made form 2 X 6 wood. There is also a raised garden bed that is made from recycled plastic .
Pressure treated lumber is used for fence posts, garden beds, decking, playground equipment, and many other structures that are either partially below ground or have significant exposure to the elements.
Home and Garden Use of Treated Wood. Selecting the correct type of treated wood can reduce risks to people and the environment. Some preservatives can leach into soil or water and be taken up by plants. Touching treated wood may also leave residues on the skin.
Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:42 am Post subject: Pressure treated or untreated timber for raised beds??? I'm just about to purchase timber to make my raised beds and I'm not sure of what timber to get. This is my first time to try raised beds so I've no experience in what to use.
I've had my pressure treated wood raised beds for my vegetable garden since 2005 and was recently made aware of the potential risks of using this kind of wood.
Here’s the latest research on why it’s probably okay to use pressure treated lumber for a raised bed vegetable garden. Pressure Treated Lumber: Is It OK to Use in the Garden? Pressure treated lumber sold in stores today is different from that you probably knew many years ago.
NOTE: When choosing wood, BE SURE to use untreated wood. In 2003, the EPA banned the sale of lumber treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) for residential use. Two compounds, alkaline copper quat (ACQ) and copper azole (CA-B), have now replaced CCA wood in the residential market.
If you are particularly concerned, it is suggested you plant no closer than 35cm to the timber edge or place a plastic or polythene barrier between vegetable garden soil and the CCA-treated timber edging.
Grow all your favorite herbs plants and vegetables Grow all your favorite herbs plants and vegetables with Greenes 2 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 in. Cedar Raised Garden Bed. The bed is made out of chemical free and naturally rot resistant North American cedar.
I wanted to check with you to see what your take was on using pressure-treated lumber for raised garden beds. In addition to that, if I were to forgo using treated lumber, I'm wondering if you know of any good wood sealants to use in the same scenario.
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