The lumber is pressure treated with arsenic which leaches out
into the soil. Hence, I would not used this lumber if the garden is going
to have edible crops. Also, there are many websites which spell out the
warnings of using chemicals (i.e. John Hopkin's Hospital Intellithealth
newsletter has released an article indicating pesticides can cause male
Here are some organic sites: http://www.organicgardening.com/
This site will offer a wonderful array of books on organic gardening. My
personal belief is that there are no regrets with respect to harming one's own
health or the delicate ecosystem/environment through organic gardening.
Organic gardening promotes the ecosystem to work harmoniously together as
opposed to fighting 'mother nature' with chemicals.
http://www.safe-food.org/ This site
concentrates on educating the public of the dangers of Genetically Engineered
food. However, if you follow the link to 'Concerned Scientists', this site
will provide information on the dangers of chemical applications.
If you are growing fruits & vegetables, the best 'how-to'
book I found is "How to Grow More Vegetables (than you ever thought
possible on less land than you can imagine)" by John Jeavons. It's
the 5th Edition Revised. I've purchased this book & many other organic
gardening books published by the Rodale Institute/Publishing -- Rodale is the
most prominent name in organic gardening -- through http://www.amazon.com/
Bless you in your attempts
to green our planet. Peace be with you.
Cyndy Ross, Chairperson
Fellowship, SLLC Organic Community Garden, Memorial Garden,
& 'Welcoming Wagon' committees
Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church
2399 Figa Avenue
W. Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808
We are preparing to install pressure treated
lumber for raised bed planting beds on a lot which has some weeds, hard
dirt, even the remnants of a macadam drive way still intact. A house was
torn down years ago.
the plans were drawn up by
our county agricultural architect, gratis. The local high school shop class
is building them and with the help of the HS horticultural club is providing
We are going to fill the
beds with topsoil for planting. What is the best and most economical
way to prepare the ground to prevent weeds from coming up. Chemical
weedkillers have been suggested and I'm really reluctant to use
This community garden is a
first for our small urban like community of 6,000. We have formed a
collaborative committee with 2 churches, the Supt. of our schools, and the
chamber of commerce. We received training and an initial grant through the
United Methodist Church Shalom Zone progam for community renewal. Any
suggestions would be appreciated.
Rev. Deborah Steelman, Paulsboro Shalom
Community Garden (NJ)