Monday, April 27, 2009

How bad can toxic vegetables really be for you?

Here's a fun fact: Recycled railroad ties are treated with a substance that is toxic. If you put them around your garden they will leak that toxin into your vegetables.

There. Now I have saved you the trouble of laying ten 300 pound railroad ties out around your garden only to have to load them back up and return them to the store and then start over from scratch with a whole new plan that does not involve cancer vegetables.

Le sigh.

Now Jesse has this crazy idea about growing all the plants in little raised boxes instead of right on the ground. All I wanted was a little patch of dirt where I could grow vegetables and I'm going to end up with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

One year ago today I pondered the direction of this blog.
Three years ago today my kids were cute but other people were tacky.

9 comments:

NGS said...

I had no idea about the railroad ties. That's a great public service announcement. I will remember it someday if we ever actually have a yard!!

Tricia said...

Umm once you go to all this work the damn rabbits will eat everything before it sprouts anyway. (Except tomatoes - they don't seem to like them. but melons? they LOVE! green peppers? even better! peas? score!

I hate rabbits!

Stranded in Stepford said...

Know what else stinks? You have to tell the lumber yeard that you're planning to use the lumber for raised vegetable beds to be sure they don't sell you pressure treated lumber that has cyanide. Cyanide!! Why would they use that in the first place? Talk about toxic veggies. . .

dancing_lemur said...

Raised beds are totally the way to go. We're even going one step further this year and doing square foot gardening.

And Tricia, you know what loves tomatoes? Chipmunks. And moles. Hate. "Hooray, a tomato ready to be picked! Oh wait, there's a gaping hole on the other side!"

Lala said...

I was wondering what you were doing with railroad ties but I didn't say anything, thought maybe you knew something I didn't....n e way, have you heard of hay bale gardens?
http://www.hvtd.com/?q=node/565

Stimey said...

How did you find that out? And how tempted were you to leave them there? That is a total drag.

Suzannah said...

If you're thinking of raised bed gardening, check out my hubby's website! We have raised beds, plus kits that provide you with everything you need to get started (except soil).

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Have you heard of straw bale gardening? MamaBear is doing it-- (http://www.thisfamilyof4.blogspot.com) and she says there's lots of info online if you Google it. It's an interesting option!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Sorry...should have read the other comments first. Didn't mean to repeat...