Tomato Plants planted near a Treated Fence:Eat'em or Compost'em?

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Tomato Plants planted near a Treated Fence:Eat'em or Compost'em?

Post by Mark Sarto » Wed, 10 Jul 1996 04:00:00



Hi Folks,

Well, it's my second year in this house, and I put a long
treated fence in for privacy. Early spring, I planted 12
tomato plants 8-10" from the fence.. (I know, I know..
I'm asking for trouble, but didn't think about it at the time)
Now I read that the treated wood has dangerous chamicals in it,
and maybe I shouldn't have planted my tomatos near to the fence.

My questions are:
1) How large do the tomato roots grow around the plant? far enough
to grow under the drip line of the fence?

2) It seems that only a small percentage of the roots will actually
be near to the fence.. would that matter?

3) should I / could I have some  leaves/ small fruit tested somewhere for
the chemicals in the treated wood?

4) Should I move the plants at their more mature stage to safe
distance from the fence? If I get huge root balls, it might
not bother the plants too much..

5) Will the chemicals shed from the fence migrate away from being
directly under the fence?

Thanks for your help/advice!

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Tomato Plants planted near a Treated Fence:Eat'em or Compost'em?

Post by Harry Boswe » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00


: Hi Folks,
:
: Well, it's my second year in this house, and I put a long
: treated fence in for privacy. Early spring, I planted 12
: tomato plants 8-10" from the fence.. (I know, I know..
: I'm asking for trouble, but didn't think about it at the time)
: Now I read that the treated wood has dangerous chamicals in it,
: and maybe I shouldn't have planted my tomatos near to the fence.
:

Mark,

Basically, don't worry about it. The chemicals won't leach out and
jump on your tomatoes until the fence begins to disintegrate, if
then.  Eventual disposal of the fence, 20 years down the road,
will be a bigger problem than leaching, environmentally speaking.
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