And Then There’s the Garden…

 

 

 

My grandparents came over today.

And we played around in the yard.

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Alex and papa put in the raised beds. Grammie and I planted the plants… there is zucchini, cucumbers, yellow squash, peppers and tomatoes.

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I planted some pretty orange flowers there…

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Check that out.

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Here is a pineapple sage plant.


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Chocolate mint anyone?

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Here are some more hostas…

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Sweet woodruff… so excited…

We’re going to do some more planting and projects tomorrow.

What have you done this weekend?

~Emme

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3 thoughts on “And Then There’s the Garden…

  1. In general it is not safe to use pressure treated wood for making raised bed to plant edibles. The toxic chemicals in it is to prevent bugs, fungus and animals. It is safer to wait for one year let the most of toxins wash out then plant edibles, just you know.

    • Chromium, copper and arsenic… lovely combination no? Chromium is toxic when inhaled and copper is not really harmful to mammals. It is the arsenic you have to worry about. Arsenic always sounds really scary to me.

      Our raised beds are sitting on what used to be a concrete pad on the side of our backyard. We removed several concrete blocks per bed and placed one layer of pressure treated wood along the top edge of the concrete to make the soil deeper and to keep the bunnies that live under our barn from just walking up and eating the baby plants. Our yard is filled with clover and wild strawberries so they won’t pose much worry anyways. There is no base to our bed… it is just the soil and the remaining sand that was under the concrete blocks.

      Arsenic does leach into the soil for about 1-3 inches and then it generally stops. It might seep downwards further, but the wood is resting on concrete instead of dirt. We have about 3 inches deep of soil touching the pressure treated wood on each side and all plants are about a foot in. Plants with heavy concentrations of arsenic do not grow very well to begin with as arsenic latches onto the roots of plants. This could be really bad with root crops, but could also be mostly alleviated by peeling the root crop.

      If you’re going to plant right up close to the wood you can spray the wood with a power washer or coat the inside with a rubber sealant to minimize the risk of leeching. Untreated wood just does not hold up well in our area. It is too wet and humid for normal wood to hold up. The thought of having to fix the beds in the middle of the summer due to rot… *shudders*

      • The best material for raised bed is bricks or stone. But it is slow and expensive.

        Do not believe manufacture’s words say p. t. wood is safe. I am a landscaper, if you see small animals and insects stay away, you know it is not safe.

        It is your health, I think one year waiting is reasonable time.

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