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Raised bed garden #13657295 08/05/20 01:41 PM
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Is it problematic to build a raised bed vegetable garden out of cross ties? They make the job pretty easy, but the presence of creosote concerns me somewhat. Any advice would be appreciated.


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If they are older ties that have oozed out all the creosote you'll be fine. I have a railroad tie retaining wall about 60' long, it's older ties. There is about 18-24" gap between the ties and fence. So when I bought my house a couple years ago I looked into the whole railroad tie deal, because I wanted to plant in that gap. There are a few University studies that show the older ties are fine to use. One of the reports was from UCLA or CAL I can't remember which. But if a study out of Cali says it ok, you're good. They don't approve anything. Anyway. I've planted a ton of herbs in that gap. No issues at all.

All that said. If I was going to do a raised bed and could find a good deal on older ties, I would do it in a heartbeat.


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Thanks Derek


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If you put one in and into growing hot peppers let me know. I have all kinds of seeds I can send you.


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I just put in 3 raised beds out of old ties (40 yrs). The beds are stacked with ties 4 high and are approx 3-4' wide x 20' long. I have peppers, melons, squash and some flowers at this point. So far so good. I used old tree limbs & decaying tree trunks that I cut down on the bottom up to the first 2 ties high and then used soil to the top of the third one and then topped it off with potting mix. It's the first time I have used raised beds this high, but so far I like not having to bend over so much.

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The one on the right has the plants I transplanted when I tore up the original garden in June. I will add more into the other raised beds for a fall garden.

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Those look great Papa! That was a hella lota soil to fill them bad boys up. Well done.


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Thanks, I will keep you posted on how they produce.

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Wow man, that is A LOT of work just stacking the rr ties and filling with soil. You better grow some great stuff in there!


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My friend used old RR ties for his and the cresote was pretty much gone. They were gray with no visible sticky residue. No problems with plant growth.

I used some old cedar 2x planks from a pergola I tore down. I faced the 2x's with cedar pickets to please my wife. I'll be making another one this fall.

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looking good aRoller.. Hopefully this fall or next spring will look like yours. Right now this heat is wearing my plants out.

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Originally Posted by Papa Stan
looking good aRoller.. Hopefully this fall or next spring will look like yours. Right now this heat is wearing my plants out.

One trick is I topped out my soil with Dyno Dirt from Denton. The top 6-8 inches are Dyno with the bottom soil being a sandy loam.


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You could line them tin, I did on mine to keep the wood from rotting where I used some old cedar and to be able to use treated wood to build them with. It's a cheaper solution to build a taller bed too.

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Originally Posted by Hancock
You could line them tin, I did on mine to keep the wood from rotting where I used some old cedar and to be able to use treated wood to build them with. It's a cheaper solution to build a taller bed too.


Is modern treated wood still an issue? I could understand treated wood of decades ago not being acceptable since it was treated with arsenic.

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