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4/4/12 8:40 A

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I love all the ideas here, but have a question. I have an old pine dresser (probably about 60 years old), how safe would that be to be a raised bed? Using the drawers and the dresser itself?

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4/3/12 7:03 P

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I'm using an old charcoal BBQ grill. Saw it in a library book. Neighbor had an old one she was getting rid of, so I scooped it up.

Also using a cracked crockpot. Took the electrical stuff off.

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4/3/12 1:26 P

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I'm intrigued by the idea of turning a bookshelf into a raised bed. How did you do it? Did you lay it on its back and remove the shelves? Did you also remove the back or keep it on?

Great idea! Love repurposing old things.



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3/28/12 10:57 P

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Thank you for the link, very good info. I am just beginning my container garden this year. So now I know what to look for. Thanks.

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great link

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3/27/12 10:39 P

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How to Avoid Unsafe Plastics
An Easy to Use Consumer Guide to Plastic Codes

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3/27/12 10:23 P

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I use Stirilite brand 18 gallon containers which are #5 plastics and safe to grow in. Basically, #1,2,4,and 5 are considered food safe. I do not use the Rubbermaid brand (just used the word as a description that is recognizable) so I am not sure what # they are. You should be able to find that information on the bottom of the container. Hope that helps.

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3/27/12 5:06 P

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I've been using kitty litter buckets and cattle feed tubs that people give me. I guess I need to check them out. :(

Thanks for the awesome link!

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Thanks for the link. I used to use PVC pipes for hoops so they're not safe - wait a minute our drinking water flows thru PVC pipes doesn't it?

But what about garbage cans and rubbermaid plastic bins?

Anyone still subscribe to Organic Gardeners? Sounds like a good question to the editor. I stopped subscribing because info was repeating itself. I have copies from the early 70's LOL!






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The author suggests avoiding #3, #6 and #7.

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I've been afraid to use things like garbage cans and other plastics because of chemicals leaching from the plastics. Do you think that's a concern?
Anyone else know for sure if using garbage cans or other plastics not designed specifically for food containers is safe? I even worry about the plastic pots made for plants and their use for vegetables. Am I being overly cautious?






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My partner and I made a raised bed out of an old bookshelf and it worked great. We also used a small kid's pool to plant the big stuff.

The rest we planted in rubbermaid containers, an old plastic sink, and some large plant containers (some people use garbage cans for things like potatoes because you can plant so much and save a huge amount of space). We drilled holes in the bottom of them and we were good to go.

The advantage to planting in containers is that if you have a plant that you need to treat for disease you can move it away from the others which was a plant saver for us in 2010.

Finally, if you find that some of your plants need more sun then you can move them if you need to (which helped us last year due to this crazy WA state weather). My partner is disabled and I will be busy student teaching through June so we are putting the plants that need extra care in a pool on top of a table so she can get to it easier.

Just some ideas I shared on another topic and thought I would write it again under a specific topic. Thanks!

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