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Artificial wood for raised garden beds

  • Subject: [cg] Artificial wood for raised garden beds
  • From: OrganicGardening@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 23:18:25 EDT

We are in the process of planning raised beds to be used by gardeners in wheel chairs. The framing of the raised bed (mounted on landscaping ties) will be outdoor treated plywood and treated 2 by 8 inch framing. The inside of the box by the soil will be lined with "CorrectDeck" fiber boards (artificial wood). These boards are made from Polypropylene and wood fiber.
A friend of mine said that the artificial wood after a while leaches some kind of substance which may be harmful.
I would appreciate if anyone out there in garden-land has any  info on this "allegation."
Many thanks

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Gerard Houser
Town of Guilderland, New York
Community Gardens Coordinator

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