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Re: Pressure treated wood & kiwi vines.

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Pressure treated wood & kiwi vines.
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 17:25:54 EDT


If it comes to pressure treated lumber or no lumber, I would do without it 
any day of the week. 

Remember, pressure treated lumber is toxic and has to be disposed of, per 
law, as hazardous waste...

Do you really want toxic waste near what you eat or kids?  The pressure 
treated lumber is being banned in playgrounds too now...

Why do you think you're getting it for free?

It's a case of thanks but not thanks.

I have both male a female kiwis in a back plot ( you need both for fruit) and 
if you can make them work in Maine, go for it. 

Adam Honigman

<< Subj:     [cg] Pressure treated wood & kiwi vines.
 Date:  5/5/03 4:56:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  scg@ceimaine.org (Sean C. Gambrel)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com (Listserve - Community Garden)
 Hello once again all.
 Things are coming along nicely with the Bath Community Garden, though we are
 still wrestling with the groundhog issue - a fence is too expensive for us
 at this point, and we're worried we may outgrow our boundaries...  We also
 believe we may have two groundhogs on the property, one being a very
 pregnant female (we think), so extermination is not as appealing as it once
 was - though it never really was in the first place.  So we continue to work
 with that, to what end, I'm still not sure.  But thanks for all the advice
 on the issue...
 The latest issue is that of pressure-treated lumber.  I know this has been
 an issue of discussion in the past and again lately, but I couldn't find
 anything in hte archives dealing with my specific questions.  So, PT lumber
 is all we can get donated, and in my opinion is probably OK (though
 obviously not most-desirable) for things like the toolshed, which we want to
 be long-lasting but cheap, and that don't come in direct contact with the
 veggies.  A friendly co-worker has donated three mature kiwi vines (the
 hardy variety) to help us screen the "Water buffalo" trailer-tank theat
 we'll be using for water, and we're hoping to support these vines on a
 wooden T-shaped trellis of sorts, using what lumber has been donated - all
 is pressure-treated.  At first I wasn't too concerned about people being in
 much contact with the wood, and I liked the idea that the trellis would last
 as long as the vines (which can fruit for up to 40 years).  But I am worried
 about the fruit being in direct contact with the lumber and also worried
 about toxic stuff leaching through the soil into the roots of the vine,
 because two of the vines will be planted within a foot of each support.
 I'm hoping that gardeners and kids will pick fruit from the vines and enjoy
 them while in the garden, but I don't want them eating tainted kiwi!
 Anybody know the liklihood of the nasty stuff leaching through the soil and
 being taken up into the plant via its roots?  Anybody know if the fruit (you
 eat these smaller, non-fuzzy kiwis whole, like a grape) that is in contact
 with this wood would retain any toxins?  Or can I just warn folks to wash
 the fruit before they eat it?
 Thanks again for sharing your wisdom.  Myself and the many residents of Bath
 all thank you!
 Sean Gambrel
 AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
 Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
 P.O. Box 268
 Wiscasset, ME  04578
 (207) 882-7552 ext. 185

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