Is there a non-toxic coating for raised vegetable beds?

Asked by Brian
El Cajon, CA

I would like to use re-claimed wood to create raised vegetable beds but would like to make sure they don't leach any chemicals into my food source. I have heard that large water tanks are sometimes coated with asphalt emulsion and that it could be one possible solution.


Christine Coker

Answered by Christine Coker

Vancleave, MS

C-squared Consulting

June 29, 2012

The amount of preservative that would leach from your reclaimed wood is minimal.

Since the wood has been previously exposed to the elements, most of the leaching would have occurred.

You would actually be adding chemicals to the wood by using an additional coating.


For more information:

Read "Are there nontoxic stains that would be safe for wood planters in a veggie garden?" a Q&A answered by Debbie Sek.

Also, check Polly Osborne's answer to the Q&A "Can you suggest an alternative to pressure-treated wood for garden borders and raised planters?"

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