All Things Gardening forum: Are wood palettes safe?

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Name: Marilyn
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MarilynK
Feb 28, 2013 6:53 PM CST
I keep seeing blog articles, gardening hints here and there, etc., about using wooding shipping palettes to make raised beds, fill in the pockets with lettuce, and other uses with edible plants. I imagine with things like flowers, it wouldn't be that big a deal, but are they treated? Are they safe? If I decided to pick up some, what should I know?
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gg5
Feb 28, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Hi Marilyn, I've wondered the same thing! Also when people use treated wood for raised beds, how safe is that? I'll be curious to see answers!
Thanks for your question
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goldfinch4
Mar 1, 2013 3:19 AM CST
I don't think most pallets are treated. They're usually made from inexpensive, not very high quality wood. Many discarded pallets are pretty beat up with cracked boards, etc. I think that would be the main thing you'd want to watch for.

As far as using treated wood for raised bed goes, here's a good article l found about that: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/sfn/w10PressurizedLumber
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Name: Marilyn
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MarilynK
Mar 1, 2013 4:16 PM CST
Thanks for your replies! Seems this is the new "hot" item to recycle in the garden.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 1, 2013 6:56 PM CST
They totally are! Chris, thanks for the article! I tip my hat to you. I have 2 raised beds made of treated wood, that I garden in but it sounds like this is far less of a risk, that's good!
Marilyn, the other thing that I've heard is that they usually have lots of nails - so be careful! Take photos of anything you do with them, I'd be very curious to see what you do!
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Horntoad
Mar 1, 2013 10:48 PM CST
The main thing that would concern me about pallets is, what was shipped on them. Automotive batteries, motor oil, and many other chemicals. The appearance such as stains and smell would probably tip you off if it was unsafe.
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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Mar 2, 2013 12:01 AM CST
hmm I think I know of a place to get a few free. I might try it for a few fresh herbs.

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