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Mold in Raised Beds

Posted by organictomaters Washington (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 15, 09 at 16:18

Hi there,

I built raised beds for a veggie garden and being a new gardener treated the inside of the boxes with oil hoping it would keep the wood from rotting. I've noticed white mold around the edges of the boxes recently. Any suggestions?...I figure it's early enough to dump the boxes and scrub them with a mild bleach solution?.. and then refill them but can I use the same dirt? Anyone have any ideas?

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RE: Mold in Raised Beds

Assuming the mold is white, some white molds can leave an acidic mess in the soil. I would spray the entire surface with milk diluted at 2-3 ounces per gallon of water. Spray every week or until it goes away. I would also scatter ordinary corn meal on top of the soil to keep some of the more popular garden diseases at bay.

RE: Mold in Raised Beds

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 16, 09 at 1:11

I wouldn't worry about the mold. Anything growing on the wood (it's dead) won't feed on live plants.

Also,what kind of oil did you use?

Can you post an image?

RE: Mold in Raised Beds

I am with Jean on this. There are molds that are good to have and there are molds that are not good to have, and then there are molds that are neither. Those you see on decaying woody products are not harmful to living plants.

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