Well, they're better than using new creosoted ties, but it seems
strange to do something healthful, like raising your own vegetables,
then shooting yourself in the foot with creosote ties. Older ties are
still shooting yourself in the foot, just using a .22 instead of a .
45. You could put a barrier inside the ties, kind of like a bathtub
to prevent any of the creosote from ending up in your salad each
night, but that would eliminate most of the cost savings and require
You're welcome. The only thing that I do different is use rectangular
serving trays instead of the tops. The only reason was because the hospital
where my wife works bought cases of new ones and was throwing away all the
old ones. They fit the 18 gallon tubs perfectly so I just drill the holes
and drop them right in. That way, when the season is over, I just pull out
the plants, pop the tops back on store them for next year. I think those
trays are about 6 bucks new, but even at that I would use them instead of
the tub tops. It's a little work building them until you get a routine going
but once you have one, subsequent seasons are a breeze.
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