Treated Wood Planters - Knowledgebase Question

Delmont, PA
Question by collier2
May 18, 2001
We have treated wood left over from a play set that was dimantled. Can we use it to build a border or plantar for
for a vegetable garden?

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2001


There continues to be debate as to the safety of using CCA treated wood around vegetable gardens so you might consider using an alternative material such as untreated wood, one of the new recycled plastic materials, cinder blocks, rocks, or simply unframed steep earthen sides. You could also then use the treated wood to edge a nonedible crop flower bed or perhaps pass it along to someone who can use for another construction project where it is specifically needed.

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