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RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby crowfeather » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:45 pm

Doing some research on a system of raised bed construction. Our local CO-OP has bunches of old rail ties for a really good price BUT would they be suitable for raised garden beds? Anyone have any experience one way or the other?
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby Blondie » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:02 pm

Are these authentic/old/reclaimed RR ties? If, so I'd pass.

They are usually treated with a black tar like substance that contains creosote and is considered toxic and will leech into the surrounding soil.

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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby crowfeather » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:07 pm

Yes, they are. Thanks for replying! May have to pass.
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby rebnavy1862 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:27 pm

Ditto, what Blondie said.
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby farmer_dude48 » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:18 pm

Blondie wrote:Are these authentic/old/reclaimed RR ties? If, so I'd pass.

They are usually treated with a black tar like substance that contains creosote and is considered toxic and will leech into the surrounding soil.

Have a family member that worked as a trackman for N & W.


Thanks for the heads up it saved me some work
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby IceFire » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:47 pm

DEFINITELY do not use the old RR ties that are coated with creosote! That stuff will leach into your soil and contaminate it (AND your plants!)
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby anita » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:32 pm

I agree with the others. I try to be pretty picky about what I put in my garden. If I'm going to go to all that trouble, I don't want to poison my family by cheaping out on the basics.
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby JayJay » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:25 pm

Don't use--black coating not good for plants.
I just use concrete blocks and am pleased..can move easily.
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Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

Postby jean11 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:16 am

You might to consider concrete block for your raised beds. We made the switch last summer and I couldn't be any happier. We used 6 inch block, stacked 3 high with a top cap, and we used concrete glue to put it together. Easy, fast, cheap, permanent, and it looks great. I did line the inside with black 4 mil plastic before we filled them with mulch. I did not want the plant water to escape through the block and cause other problems outside the beds. It's so nice to be able to sit and pick or plant, or groom the vegetables.
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