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I made these two planter boxes for a Christmas present for my Sister. She has two potted plants sitting in them either side of her front door.They are made from treated pine fence palings and i also gave them a coat of linseed oil.
I'd like to ask whether chemically treated palings are appropriate to use in planter boxes for edible plants?
There's a lot of debate about the risk of contamination. A lot of people use builders plastic to line the inside of the beds as a precaution.
You might find these articles interesting
Theres also debate on this forum
Are you building your own?
I wasnt thinking of building one. Just interested in knowledge.
@umbertom - Hi there, I joined the forum to ask this very question. Two of my local bunnings didn't have any ACQ (safe) treated pine so my plans to build a planter for my passionfruit vine is on hold.
@greygardener - Some useful links there. I'll have a read. Cheers!
@greygardener @KaraZorEl would a non-treated timber do for planters? Exterior sealed with regular timber varnish, interior with: https://www.bunnings.com.au/bondall-1l-inground-timber-protector_p0960508 ?
My local Home Hardware sells hardwood fence palings (untreated) and they aren't that much more expensive than the treated pine - I used a fair amount of it in my rustic garden shed. The only issues are:
a) You have to carefully pick through the packs to pick reasonably defect free palings.
b) They are NOT kiln dried and so have a tendency to warp if you just leave them lying around - that should not be an issue in this case as they are all tied together.
Very nice looking planters Poppop BTW.
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