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Module TWO in our Grow A Great Garden Without Trying series is here!  Six minutes of imported dirt talk, plus a pretty awesome permaculture trick at the end so you don’t have to water so much this year.  When you get to the publisher website, enter the webinar area on the right hand side.



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1 Rachael May 2, 2012

Hi, I was wondering if you could help me with something. I used your “trick” of using rotting wood in my new raised garden bed. Theres one thing that concerns me and I think it may be too late since I’ve already planted. On our property we had some really old, deteriorating, and rotting railroad ties and I used them. I didn’t even know that’s what they were until I started looking into landscape timber for my raised beds. But now I’m reading about all kinds of chemicals and poisons that could be leaked out from the RR ties… And it kills me knowing it might decompose into my soil- soil I spent a pretty penny on. Any advice or words of comfort- hopefully would be appreciated!!

2 Daisy May 2, 2012

Rachael–I’ll look into it. Do you mean you used the “hugelkultur” method? I wouldn’t be recommending using rr ties, I know that much, but I’ll have to see if I can find anything that goes to the issue of how long that stuff stays yuck. (Don’t get your hopes up I fear). The other thing might be if they are buried deep enough, and you planted shallow-rooted plants it might not matter too much.

3 Daisy May 2, 2012

OK, Rachael, as I suspected, lots of general info about the dangers of creosote and little specific data about your particular situation. All I can tell you is that if you grow edibles above the ties, remember that root vegetables will absorb the most from the soil around it, leafy vegetables next, and the least amount of absorption will be in the fruits of plants grown there, like tomatoes or peppers, etc. So, if you leave the ties in, plant non-edibles or something you eat only the fruit of. No carrots or potatoes. Sorry, and good luck!

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