Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe as a Raised Garden Bed? & more Gardening Q&A

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25 Responses to “Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe as a Raised Garden Bed? & more Gardening Q&A”

  1. With a small amount of space I would raise red wigglers and sell them on
    Ebay. :) 

  2. SomeDorkStoleMyName Reply June 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Every time he talks about worm farms I think of this movie.

  3. Great video yet again john, I totally agree with your point on pressure
    treated wood. I think we have come a long way though from where we were
    with pressure treated wood, but I would not use it if there are natural
    alternatives. Also, I just wanted to mention that I have not missed a
    single episode, and I am so honored to have learned so much from you!

  4. Seed Starts! That’s a really good idea!

  5. Great video John ! great tips! Another tip for the first guy is create an
    online presence. regular YouTube channel posts and website helping you out
    would be a good way to add a little bit of income. your not going to get
    rich but hey every bit helps. Another tip is selling things like dormant
    root balls (strawberries) and such! easy to mail everywhere!

  6. John for the first question about making a supplemental income, you forgot
    to mention bee keeping. Sell the honey and comb. 

  7. Great vid as usual. I too stay clear of treated wood. Gotta ask yourself
    if it is really worth the risk….

  8. The best wishes for everybody, and lots of fun in the garden!

  9. Abyssal Nocturnus Reply June 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm


    I have literally been google searching this topic LOTS. about to watch the
    video (i love how long the vids are, i know they are packed with info)

    Im about to buy some brand new heat treated pallets from a local wood
    manufacturer….lets see if its the right thing to do.

  10. ~~~><)))^< ~ music to my ears ~ thanks again ~ ♪

  11. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens Reply June 20, 2014 at 11:58 pm
  12. I am Azomite distributor and can sell cheaper than anyone. We also offer
    microbial and restructured water devices. 

  13. Today’s pressure treated wood is safe. Same chemicals are used in swimming

  14. faeriegardener84 Reply June 21, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Hey John! So, I totally respect what you are doing with the 5-er thing,
    but it seems like you’re talking about it in EVERY SINGLE VIDEO lately.
    For those of us that watch you regularly it gets pretty repetitive, is
    there any way you could just give details about it in the video summary and
    refer people there? Thanks for reading :) And thanks even more for all
    you do and all the info you put out there!

  15. I’d also grow worms, fish farms and even pot!

  16. I swear some people don’t even bother to check your vids first. I find you
    having to repeat yourself over and over just because people are too lazy to
    search for themselves. We could be getting some really important less known
    tips and tricks.Please people start asking questions that haven’t been
    answered in nearly half of these videos. Thanks John for all the helpful

  17. Jeremy Whittemore Reply June 21, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Kaolin Clay is marketed as “Surround WP”, commercial melon and squash
    growers use it for coating squash, and melons plants to repel the cucumber
    beetles, it changes the plant color slightly and the clay gets into the
    insects scales and irritates them. It’s organic and non toxic, a good idea
    because they carry a bacterial wilt bacteria sometimes. You can dunk your
    seedlings before planting outside.

  18. When dealing with wood chips, the University of Washington did a study
    about it; you only have to be concerned about walnut trees. Walnut has a
    property that emits a herbicide (allelopathic chemicals), if you go to a
    walnut tree field you’ll see that plants are not growing underneath the
    tree. Even with walnut tree, there wasn’t significant problems, there’s
    multiple studies on this if you want to look it up. The problem with
    Walnuts Trees is apparently in the roots primarily, and also the leafs. If
    you’re using anything besides walnut tree, you’re good to go!

  19. Hi John, I make and use biochar and I heard you mention people heating
    there house with the burner. I wanted to know if they were homemade units
    or store bought. I am very interested since I live in cold New York.

  20. I never cease to learn something from your vids; thanks, John! Perhaps I
    can offer something back to a couple of your questioners: 3/4 of an acre is
    HUGE by inner city standards, unless the house takes up all of it and/or
    the surrounds are concrete. Try planting something that goes vertical. I’m
    on 1/10th acre, half of which is on a steep incline, but my house is
    miniature by most scales. Still, I have the potential to grow most of my
    fruits and veggies if the birds and canyon critters don’t get to them first.
    As for my North-of-me neighbor w/the Torrey Pine scraps/needles, perhaps
    use in baskets/planters/beds for strawberries? Or cut into pieces to use
    for decorative art?

  21. Depending on your market and space, honeybees can be a great side income,
    IF DONE CORRECT! I teach classes, sell honey, do removals, sell hives, etc.
    But the key is that I fill a niche market. If you’re in the midwest, it
    probably wouldn’t work. I’m in a big city, with a lot of support for
    local/organic products. I started it as a hobby, and grew it as the cash
    flow allowed. The trick is I never took on debt to grow the side business.
    So I’m not indebted to anyone, and have no real capital expense. Almost all
    revenue is profit! Good luck!

  22. 3/4 acre is Well enough for a garden, even for having a house, unusable
    front yard and other area’s. 1/4 of a acre garden would be awesome for me.
    The “back to eden” method would be great for you.

  23. Enjoy your show, I recommend less, “You know?”. Talk slower if need to.

  24. Liked this video! As a supplement about wood ash, this is a very good
    source of potash for your garden and your compost. It can be a bit caustic,
    so make sure you use gloves, double if possible, when working with. Peas
    love this lightly added to soil when planted. Like John says, lightly and
    gradually distribute this through your garden, as large amounts will
    actually harm it.

  25. TheAtlantaFlacon Reply June 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I had the cat problem too