Re: [gardeners] Question about pressure treated wood

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 22 Feb 2001 08:11:06 -0700

I've considered that. Straw bales sound reasonable until you actually face 
one. The width of one straw bale is about as far as I can reach from a 
kneeling or sitting position.  Leaves no room for garden soil.  What are 
"metastudies"?  Margaret L

At 09:07 AM 2/22/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Organic Gardening magazine has done a number of metastudies of the 
>literature on CCA wood and has recommended strongly that it NOT be used 
>for vegetable gardens or for children's play structures.  They say arsenic 
>DOES leach out into the soil; they also have found that your plants don't 
>thrive as well.
>I've never used CCA wood for raised beds, so I don't know if plants do 
>more poorly; I personally wouldn't take the chance of having my food 
>plants so close to arsenic impregnated wood.  If you read the handout that 
>lumber stores are supposed to give you with the wood (my partner's a 
>carpenter, we get these things all the time) they tell you that you 
>shouldn't bring the dust into the house, you need to launder clothes 
>separately after working with CCA lumber, you need to wear gloves and a 
>mask while working with it, you shouldn't eat or drink while working with 
>it...frankly, this doesn't sound like something I want near my food.
>There are other cheap alternatives, like "plastic" wood for raised 
>beds.  We're experimenting with using straw bales to build a couple 
>of  raised beds this year:  they may be too high, but we won't have to kneel...
>Wendy, Indiana zone 5