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We just realized we made our raised beds w/old railroad ties that are covered w/creosote.<br>
So...started it last spring. Do you think the soil is already contaminated? I'm replacing it w/cedar 2x6s tomorrow. Please don't tell me my garden is doomed and I need new dirt.<br><br>
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Is it possible to get your soil tested just in case? Creosote is really bad stuff. I don't know how fast it leaches out, but I'd be wary without having it tested. Make sure you aren't using pressure treated wood for the new stuff. It leaches out arsenic and other bad stuff.
 

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Luckily, we thought about it this time and got untreated cedar. Gonna rot out in 3 years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> And $90 for one garden, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Thanks--I know, I can't believe we used it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Luckily, we thought about it this time and got untreated cedar. Gonna rot out in 3 years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> And $90 for one garden, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Thanks--I know, I can't believe we used it.</div>
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You'd be suprised how long cedar will last! I have some that I made raised beds from and it is still pretty solid! We coated it with a formula for treating wood reccomended by the EPA -- I can't remember the exact recipe, but it was something like melted parafin and linseed oil??
 

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Very cool-thanks! They're going in the ground today. I'll have to call the hardware store.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T Those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> ties are sooooo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> heavy. I thought I was going to break my back yesterday. So, have to wait for dh to help today.
 
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