Are Railroad Ties Safe to Use As a Border in a Vegetable Garden?

It is not safe to use railroad ties, as they are typically treated with creosote to preserve them, which can leach into your vegetable garden's soil. Creosote is made up of up to 10,000 chemicals, according to Garden Simply. It can cause various maladies, such as skin irritations, internal pain and cancer, according to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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