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Forum topic by CartersWhittling posted 06-09-2011 02:58 PM 1788 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CartersWhittling

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06-09-2011 02:58 PM

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Hello. My family has just put up a new fence around our backyard with pressure treated wood. We have also made a little veggie garden along the fence. I was wondering if the chemicals from the wood could possibly absorb into the plants through rain and damage the plants? If any one has a deffinit answer please let me know. Thank you.

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Bertha

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 03:05 PM

Absolutely. You don’t want pressure treated lumber anywhere near your garden. You’re already a member of garden tenders if you’re here. I bet they can give you the specifics. I recently built a raised bed garden and every source I went to said to stay far away from the pressure treated stuff. Good luck

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 03:14 PM

I wouldn’t plant anything you are planning to eat near PT lumber. The chemicals in the wood leach into the soil.
If you still want to plant in that area you can use containers.

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CartersWhittling

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 03:23 PM

Do you know if there is a safe distance away from the fence that it can be planted?

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 04:01 PM

It’s my understanding that at one time PT wood contained some very harmful chemicals but there is a newer version that is safe around garden plants. I believe the newer stuff is defined by some code and I don’t remember what that is. Don’t take my word for it – I am not an expert – but you might want to check this out.

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 04:13 PM

I’d say your best bet is to log into garden tenders and ask them. I also do believe there are newer, less harmful treatments like Rich mentions. The garden tenders people will help you, I’m sure of it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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CartersWhittling

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 04:20 PM

When I posted this question I posted the same one at garden tenders but I havn’t gotten any replies. Although I looked through previous posts on this topic and have gotten some helpful information. Thank you for your comments. We are thinking about removing the plants within 2 feet of the fence to be safe since they are edibles.

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