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Old 02-23-2017, 05:42 PM   #1
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Framing a herb planter with PT lumber


I am planning on building a rectangular wood frame consisting of pressure treated 4X4 lumber.

The frame will then be filled with top soil for planting herbs.

One concern is whether it is safe to consume plants grown near pressure treated lumber.

My search turned up many articles and warnings about toxins leaching out from PT lumber.

and just as many articles saying the opposite, that the new pressure treated wood produced today contains nothing that is harmful.

Thoughts and comments? Safe to use?

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Old 02-23-2017, 05:56 PM   #2
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Total non issue!!!
New pressure treated wood is treated with copper not arsenic.
I make all of mine with 6 X 6's not 4 X 4's for several reasons.
Far less likely to twist, curl, more depth for the good stuff.
I back fill mine with compost, not top soil.
Far more of the needed nutrients.
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I agree with Joe but I'll bet there is a site out there extolling the evils of leached copper. If it helps you sleep at night, you could line sides of the box with heavy plastic or cedar.
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And the answer is:

Read this.

http://ccs.infospace.com/ClickHandle...cop=main-title


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be careful using PT lumber
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