Raised Beds - Knowledgebase Question

Ocean Pines, Ma
Question by kateandbud82
December 11, 2009
I just read that I should use cedar or non-treated wood for a raised bed garden. Well, I have just completed building my raised beds with pressure treated wood. Do I have a problem?


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Answer from NGA
December 11, 2009

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Pressure treated woods will last a long, long time in the garden and the newer treatments are much safer than the treatments of years ago. I don't think there will be a problem with chemicals leaching into a flower or perennial bed. I would still be concerned, though, if you plan to grow vegetables in the raised bed. Just to err on the safe side, I would keep root vegetables such as potatoes, beets and carrots away from the sides of the bed and instead grow them in the center of the bed. Those vegetables that grow on the plants themselves (corn, peppers, tomatoes, etc.) should be just fine anywhere you plant them. Lettuces and other leafy crops should probably be grown towards the center of the bed as well. Best wishes with your raised bed garden!

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