Re: [gardeners] PT wood alternatives test

Allen and Judy Merten (
Mon, 31 May 1999 11:53:02 -0500

    If you are using these raised beds to grow edibles, treated lumber is
not recommended in some articles that I have recently read. I don't
remember which chemical it is that is supposed to leach out.
    If you have information to the contrary, please excuse the butinsky. I
thought I would pass along what I had read.
Bastrop Co.
SE Central Tx.

Harry Boswell wrote:

> I'm in the process of building several raised beds, some of
> which I'm building using pressure-treated southern yellow pine;
> but I'm also building some from untreated yellow pine.  I've got
> a couple of concoctions I'm putting on the untreated wood, to
> see how long the wood will last;  but, if any of you have run
> across any wood treatment that you'd like me to try, let me
> know and if I can I'll include it in the test.  I'll be watching these
> beds over the next couple of years, and I'll keep y'all posted on
> the progress.
> Harry
> Harry Boswell     
> USDA Zone 8