Pressure Treated Wood In Veggie Gardens - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Kathy731
May 16, 2001
Is it okay to use pressure treated wood to line your vegetable garden? I heard that wood is pressure treated with arsenic?


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2001

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The A in CCA stands for arsenic, yes. There is an ongoing debate about the safety of using this wood in vegetable gardens. If you are concerned about it, I would suggest using an alternative material such as regular lumber, cedar or redwood, stones, cinder blocks, the plastic lumber, or even using bare sides without a frame if the beds are only a few inches high.

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