Non Toxic Wood Treatment to Protect Your Raised Beds Instead of Paint or Stain

October 13, 2019 posted by

Alright this is John Kohler with
I have another exciting episode for you. One of the questions I get the most is hey John
what did you treat your wood with and I used cedar and redwood to prevent the rot. That’s
something that’s natural that’s not going to possibly cause problems with the soil or
actually leeching into the soil then you eating the plants grown in there and then you’re
consuming that stuff. So for that reason I don’t necessarily recommend standard paints
or even standard wood stains that are used for decks because the stuff can actually be
toxic and contain something things that you wouldn’t want to eat when you’re growing your
plants in it, you may end up also consuming it.
So at the time I did a lot of research, I used a soy based stain. I don’t think the
stuff I used is available anymore. It did work well at the time and it appears to still
be working alright, although it wasn’t effective at preventing mold from growing. But it has
seemed to prevent the wood from deteriorating or rotting. So if I had to do it over, I might
use a different product. But since that time, I’ve learned about another
product that I’m going to share with you guys today that I did have in a past episode that
I learned about the national hardware and garden show. What that stuff is, is this stuff
right here. It’s called the eco-wood treatment. It comes in two sizes. They have a small and
a large. The small size here will cover one gallon and is about 150 square feet. This
is about 5 gallons worth and it covers approximately 750 square feet.
You might be thinking hey John, how is that a gallon in there, and how’s that 5 gallons
in there? It’s very simply. These are actually concentrates so inside the package here what
you’re going to find is a little package of stuff. Basically from what I was told these
are basically powdered up minerals and this is a family formula that’s been used for over
60 years to protect wood on docks and they got some hard environments in docks. Literally
the wood on docks is getting wet all the time. So in a raised bed situation shouldn’t be
a problem. So these are just minerals in some formulation, they wouldn’t disclose the actual
ingredients when I talked to them there but I feel that they’re fairly safe, they’re just
some powdered up stuff. So how you use this stuff is actually you
use this and actually dilute it with water yourself. So what we’re going to do today
is we’re actually going to use two of these smaller sizes here. What we’re going to do
is mix it into a premeasured two gallons of water. So there’s one packet that’s for one
gallon and then we’re going to go ahead and use another small packet for a total of two
gallons. They have nice reusable bags, so you could reuse these bags to store your seeds
in. Alright so that’s dropped in there, next we
need to stir it up, so I got a handy dandy piece of branch here. Alright we’re brewing
up the witches brew, actually the eco-wood treatment today. On the Growing Your Greens
show. Alright, we’re getting some vortex action here, who needs a blender when I got an air?
Alright man, I think that looks pretty cool. Now this stuff does kind of look like a dirty
yellow/brown, kind of like pee color after you’ve eaten some strawberries maybe. But
it looks like it’s nice a stirred up. Now there’s a few ways you can apply the eco-wood
treatment. They say you can actually just use the paintbrush and paint it on, which
is probably not the most effective way. The next way they recommend is actually you could
use some kind of sprayer, whether it’s a backpack sprayer. This is the standard sprayer, you’d
spray your compost tea on your leaves. So you’d just use a standard sprayer to spray
it on the wood being treated. Or the best way that I’m going to do it today is do the
soak method. Now the soak method is especially important
when you’re going to use it in raised beds because you want this protectant to seal and
coat every different possible surface. Because guess what? The place you miss brushing or
spraying on, whether it’s the front side, the back side, or the cracks or the crevices,
that’s where the rot may occur. Now this product is said to make your wood fungus and mold
resistant and also protect your wood. One of these side benefits or maybe negative things
maybe depending on your views is that this will turn your wood a greyish color so that’s
like that nice grayish weathered look If you want it. If you don’t want that look then
you might want to look for another product that is going to be different from this one.
So I don’t have any raised beds that I’m going to be treating today. The raised beds behind
me are actually made out of a plastic that I’m using here. But what we’re going to do
today is we’re going to treat a planter, so whether you’re going to grow in a little planter,
you made yourself or whether you’re going to treat your raised beds you should definitely
use this product. Now the planter I’m going to treat today is a special planter it’s not
any planter. The one area of a planter that will basically rot out first, always the bottom.
Right there. Now why is the bottom always going to rot out first, because guess what
when you water, the water goes in the bottom, and not necessarily collects in the sides
to much and it rots the bottom organization of your pots out.
This pot is a special pot, this is from Susquehanna Garden Concepts at, made
in the USA, made out of cedar wood here and the bottom is plastic so this is a very intelligent
design. They also have some waist height raised bed kits which are really cool and other sizes
available. I think even some of these guys might be available on The plastic
is manufactured from 100% recycled materials. So definitely really cool. While the plastic
won’t rot, the wood, although this is cedar, may still rot. So that’s why we’re going to
treat it today. So whether you’re treating your containers made out of wood, whether
you’re treating pine, cedar, cedar, redwood. It’s always best to treat your wood because
it’ll delay the amount of time it does take before it does rot. Everything will rot over
time, but this can help prevent that. So I guess next because we got this mixture
here we’re just going to go ahead and pour this into our cement mixing tub and this is
going to work pretty good because we are, and look at that color on it man. It’s a nice
yellow kind of dark pee color actually. So those are all the minerals in there changing
the color of the water. And once again I said you could paint or spray it on, but in this
case because this is a small container we’re literally going to put it in here like this.
Check it out, the bottom is totally submerged. We’re going to count to ten. One, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Hey that’s my voice changing because I’m going
through puberty. Then were just going to rotate a little bit and we’re going to let this that
seep into this section. Then we’re going to count to ten again and we’re going to continue
to rotate this and guess what as we continue to rotate around the wood treatment it will
soak in to each and every panel get between all those joints and everything and really
protect this wood. Now once you’re done treating it going to
take this out. The color of this will change, it’s a nice cedar looking wood, it’s going
to turn into that graying look but don’t be concerned, your wood is now protected in a
non-toxic method using minerals. So one of the things I always look at before buying
any product or before showing it to you guys is I check the reviews, especially if I don’t
have any experience with this product. This is the first time using this eco wood
treatment. I don’t really know about it so I had to take it at face value when the owner
actually talking to me about this stuff and I gave him like twenty questions. I think
I was at least standing at his booth for like half hour forty five minute just nailing him
with all kinds of questions. Because these are the things that I know you guys might
ask me and I nailed them enough so that I’m definitely fairly convinced that this is a
fairly non-toxic product. Plus also check the reviews before you buy anything. The internet
is a the wealth of information and the reviews for the most part actually except for a few
which may have been a staged are all good on this product. So I think that’s definitely
a makes a high confidence with this. Another thing is that this one is made in
Canada up in BC yo yo what’s up all BCers up there in British Columbia. BC’s great.
Of all the places I’ve been in Canada, I like BC the most so far. No offense to you Saskatchewans
out there. But this is a eco-wood treatment you could learn more at their website,
You probably can order it from them off their website but the other thing that’s really
cool that this is also available on other online major retailers such as home depot.
So yes this is also very available and also very easy to ship because you’re not shipping
liquids. Just make sure you mix it up really good.
Wow, I can smell the cedar wood here just soaking up this water. So you know if you
do you want to do your raised bed boards which can be rather long what I would make it some
kind a jig so I would make basically using some wood or some scraps I’d make like a little,
I’d get some plastic. some plastic sheeting and make a little trough than you know make
a two edges or four edges and make like a long raised bed that you’re going to basically
a putting the plastic sheeting so that you can dunk in long pieces of wood into this.
So basically you’re making like a little aquarium. And that way you’ll be able to soak your wood
that you’ll be the best protected to protect your wood against rot, mold, and funguses.
So you know I don’t know this is looks like it’s working pretty good and only time will
tell how the eco-wood treatment works for me. At this time I’m currently recommending
it because you know it seems like it’s a non -toxic product, it’s met my a rigorous questioning
of the owner, and the reviews online say it’s great. So stay tuned for future episodes where
you show you guys how this is looking, how it’s working and any future information that
I may have on this product. If you have use the eco-wood treatment hey post down below
or share your experiences down below with the eco-wood treatment if you do decide to
use it. So once again my show is about giving you got option so you can grow food in a non-toxic
environment. Now you know my application for this is for gardening because gardening you
got the soil coming in with it, the water coming in contact with the wood, but this
is also used to like you know spray on wood houses to protect the outside, on docks, on
decks. This stuff has infinite never uses to protect your virgin untreated wood.
It’s been actually several days since I filmed that episode to show you guys how to use the
eco-wood treatment and now ii want to see the results. This is a standard of British
Columbia red cedar wood. Once again this is the Susquehanna Garden Concepts container
once again this one actually has the plastic bottom and we did not treat this one to show
you guys the difference. Now you guys can see the difference in the
treated and untreated. Here’s the treated, here’s the untreated. The treated actually
kind has like a grayish brown tinge actually oh and there’s a moth. Actually I like this
a lot actually, I think it looks really cool and as long as it works like it says it does
and it protects the wood from the inside out, because once again we did dunk this in there,
I think this is an excellent way to preserve your wood until I find something out that’s
more natural and hopefully I’m going to trial this and see if my wood rots or not. So far
so good but it hasn’t even been that long. So hope you guys enjoy this episode to buy
these eco-wood treatment is available at places like it and a post below the
video to let me know if you try it and what you think of it. So hopefully you guys enjoy
this episode learning more about a natural wood treatment to preserve the wood you use
in your garden that’s not going to affect or put chemicals into your food. Once again
my name is John Kohler with We’ll see you next time and remember keep
on growing.


100 Replies to “Non Toxic Wood Treatment to Protect Your Raised Beds Instead of Paint or Stain”

  1. dev1lsadv0cate says:

    The oil-based stains are breeding grounds for mold, unless they contain chemicals to prevent that (aka deck stains).

    Pressure treated wood no longer contains arsenic. The newer ACQ wood contains copper to deter insects and quat fungicide, which is the same used in swimming pools as a disinfectant. Risk is minimal to nonexistent in my opinion. Treated wood lasts longer, which means fewer trees cut down.

  2. Daniel Herrera says:

    Yes the new pressure treated wood products are treated with copper…..and Quaternary Ammonium

  3. Debbie Kleven says:

    What about the Penafel Rosewood oil? You used that in a previous vid. I then used it and it worked great. Am I missing something?

  4. talula James says:

    Hi John, I'm new to your channel and I was just wondering if you're gay? I know it has nothing to do with gardening but I was only curious.

  5. UraniumMan says:

    Seems odd that they will not disclose the ingredients, yet they claim it's "eco friendly"… There are many NATURALLY OCCURRING minerals, that are quite poisonous to humans… Arsenic is just one example, that is often found in well water…

  6. TheNoviceGardener says:

    There is a product called Timber Pro (this is non toxic) based in Portland Oregon it is called Internal Wood Stabilizer. Clint of Gardenfrugal mentioned it on one of his videos. I am giving it a try and will see. Apparently it is a very good reliable product.

  7. tuokoob says:

    I have a question about how you built the round raised beds in the background and what materials you used?

  8. SeekingSelf says:

    By any chance, do you know if the fence posts are treated?

  9. 1775novten says:

    I don't think they were, but I could be wrong. However, I do recall them also selling ones that were made of cedar, which were only about a buck more per board. Also keep mind that they no longer use arsenate to threat wood for home use. Now that doesn't mean it's safe for us to start sucking on treated toothpicks 🙂

  10. MaxxHuey1 says:

    I have use old engine oil on wood without any adverse effect (petroleum products are nature's concentrates). 12 years going and have not replace any yet. Most people think I am crazy to use waste oil but I am still alive… 🙂

  11. 1775novten says:

    Well that's a bit farther than I'm willing to take it, haha.

  12. 1775novten says:

    If I'm not mistaken, he said in a previous video that they were ten foot lengths of plastic.

  13. 123kkambiz says:

    the amount of good information you put in every episode is worth 4 minutes, the remaining time is just talk talk…, which is wasting time of the person to watch extra time gaining nothing except talk.
    will you please reduce the time of your video episodes, and directly go on the main subject as quickly as possible.thanks anyway lots of good information is in your site but timing of each episode is too long .

  14. MaxxHuey1 says:

    Not to worry, waste oil came fro earth, it provides lots of nutrient to the plants, specially acidic loving plants.. 🙂

  15. thunderhammer says:

    Has anyone ever tried coating the wood in parafin wax (or bees wax if you want to be hard core organic)? I did that with some pine 2×12's, just melted it on there with an iron (like for clothes) and ironed the wax in. I know that sounds a little crazy, but it's the same iron I use to wax my snowboards ($5 at walmart). Anyway, 1 year later and those beds still look like new and water beads off of them…

  16. 1775novten says:

    How much wax did you use and how much does it cost?

  17. 1775novten says:

    Can't imagine that stuff would be any less toxic than pressure treated wood.

  18. 1775novten says:

    I hear ya, but I know that not everything that comes from the earth is good for you. There are plenty of plants that come from the earth that will kill you if you eat them. But hell, we only live once right?

  19. MrSythrak says:

    I do see your point, but for the gardeners who'd like to have something look a little nicer and last a little longer, this video seems pretty helpful.

  20. 1775novten says:

    Oh, I completely understand and respect that. I was just going on the premiss that I think most people want something that is functional and at the cheapest price. Of course no one wants it to look like a dump site, but I think the function and look can be accomplished with cheaper wood. We aren't building a deck that we want to last for 20 years, we're building a garden. I think that's where most people get caught up.

  21. Jay Thompson says:

    John, if the company would not disclose the ingredients of the product I would be weary of using it. More than likely there is some ingredients included that they dont want you to know about.

  22. MaxxHuey1 says:

    LoL, this is the best outlook in life! Cheers, max

  23. thayne559 says:

    Is there anything wrong with linseed oil?

  24. johnknoefler says:

    Exactly. Or if you don't mind spending a bit of money for long term results I suggest using old railroad ties. They are treated with creosote so they last many years. There are tutorials for this project.

  25. thunderhammer says:

    a pound of parafin costs $10, I used probably half a pound to treat two 8×2 beds.

  26. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens says:


  27. MaYbYl8eR says:

    I used sticks haha and trees for posts ahaha

  28. goodmurphy11 says:

    Yo yo from B.C.! The next time you visit, you should check out all of the amazing community gardens we've got growing around the Metro Vancouver Area! We even have some gardeners growing year round, and some awesome garden projects connected to the Food Bank and elementary schools! Thanks for giving us a shout out!

  29. Rafael Garay says:

    I bought a small box of this on eBay for about $15. None of the other online retailers will ship it to California. Used it to treat 4 raised beds. 2.5' x 6' each. I still have maybe 3/4 gallon left already mixed if anyone near Rancho Cucamonga, CA wants it. I broke down a large paper towel cardboard box, formed it into the shape of the 6' cedar fence boards, lined it with trash bags, and dipped all of the wood.

  30. vicarioustube says:

    This are the elevated beds I build from custom built 2nd re use stand that used to hold my display stands in a showroom just go to nature in its man spelndors and than to my kale green page five at visualsenses dot smugmug dot com Why is Youtube so paranoid about links?

  31. vicarioustube says:


  32. vicarioustube says:

    Finally just click copy paste my link and it will turn the backslash around

  33. South Canada says:


  34. 123kkambiz says:

    That was cooked specially for you UGLY lord hell mute.

  35. Steve Kraisinger says:

    I tried it this year, very cool the way it changes color in the sun.

  36. mikeyson7 says:

    you could go read a book and do the research yourself… he is already saving yoou a ton of time at the very least. dont complain when he is teying to help and you have contributed nothing but negativity

  37. 123kkambiz says:

    You need to do research too, because whatever anybody tells in youtube we should not take it 100% correct, using that information and doing research from different books, then you can accept the idea if with your research matches. sitting like lazy person behind computer and accepting everything unconditionally is idots behavor. if you like i will send you tons of agricultural electronic books if you send your email to me.
    yes i read books and do research too to get first hand information.

  38. mikeyson7 says:

    you must be a female to say what i suggested as if your telling me something i dont know. i just think john puts alot of effort in his vids and your previous comment was unnecessary.

  39. Roy Hunt says:

    E. Fudd
    hey John i might know something that might work. beekeepers treat raw wood surfaces on the beebox-cages with a mixture of boiled linseed oil and melted beeswax which applied while the wax is still warm. hope this application in comparison is both up to the task and cost effective

  40. Zod says:

    I always bring up the same thing. I just used what was cheap at the time (douglas fir) and it has lasted me years as-is and looks fine.

  41. 1775novten says:

    Cheap is good and free is even better. I just built another bed out of 2×4's that I pulled out of a home construction dumpster. However, my beds are in my back yard, so if they were in my front yard like John has, then I'm sure I'd want them a bit "prettier" 🙂

  42. Jose Lopez says:

    Amigo John ase tiempo te vengo siguiendo me gustan tus videos adelante amigo con los comentarios negativos no Hagas caso no te alcanso a entender el nombre del producto para tratar la madera si me lo mandas por favor tu Amigo Jose adelante…

  43. alan30189 says:

    If your pee looks like that, you have serious issues. See a doctor.

  44. Robby Sabados says:

    Oh god, I just have to say it…

    Protect your redwood! (XD

  45. Brian Keele says:

    The treatment will protect the wood up to 10-15 years, from what I have experienced. The treatment is also only about 15 bucks, so if your time isn't worth the preventative maintence, I guess you could repair as much as needed. Keep in mind, depending on where you live, you might experience more or less rot, so sealing could be important for some areas.

  46. social3ngin33rin says:

    if you want to protect you wood
    use a trojan XD

  47. idahohuntfish79 says:

    there is more than one way to skin a cat. do you think all the books and papers you've read are exactly the same? I bet a lot of them contradict one another. then what? his videos are very informative and you can tell he is very educated and knowledgeable about the subjects he talks about.

  48. Jasmine Peach says:

    I know this isn't the right video to ask my question but, I saw "non toxic".. I found a natural remedy to prevent pests on plants with eucalyptus oil and water.. That's fine for plants but will it be bad for catnip and veggies?? I was also told about neem oil for outdoor plants but still don't know if I can spray it on edible plants.. please help 🙂

  49. Paco Montes says:

    Mix in warm water. 4tbl neem to same soap in 1gallon.

  50. NWFL DeaconsWife says:

    The chemicals that they are treated with to make them 'for fences' is the issue. Sure, you have eaten food grown in soil that may have leached some of them and you are just fine. I have Leukemia and those chemicals interract with my meds that keep me alive.., and for some like me, it makes all the difference in the world. Keep doing what works for you… 🙂

  51. 1775novten says:

    You are absolutely right! Folks with serious health conditions need to avoid harmful chemicals at all cost. However, I do want to point out that pressure treated woods these days do not use the same chemicals that they used to. For example, arsenic is no longer used. Also, most of us have no idea what chemicals farmers are using for their fertilizers and insecticides, so pressure treated still may be a safer option than buying from a farmer.

  52. NWFL DeaconsWife says:

    True, that. The point is to do the best you can with what you have to work with. Even so, the least amount of 'stuff'' we add or let get added to our food sources, the better. Homegrown, even imprefectly homegrown is still loads better than commercial. Homegrown carefully is even better than homegrown haphazzardly.
    I agree with you tho, that at least growing your own is a big step in the right direction. 🙂

  53. Chemeleon15 says:

    @Reaganite71 All Pressure treated wood, today, is treated with copper, arsenic has been illegal since about 2003, i believe.

  54. SuperSaltydog77 says:

    Food grade mineral oil could be a safe and effective way to treat wood used in raised bed gardens. It probally would have to be applied every year

  55. seigeengine says:

    @dev1lsadv0cate If you live in North America, you probably live in a country that harvests wood not only sustainably, but intentionally grows trees for the purpose of harvesting them.

  56. Leo Leo says:

    You state "You do not know what the ingredients are" so you have no idea if it is non-toxic…that's just lame.

  57. Clyde Cash says:

    John…what's the point of treating if cedar is already rot proof?

  58. Clyde Cash says:

    If I treating my raised garden bed…I better know the exact ingredients

  59. VidSmoFit says:

    If you buy wood, you could buy some that's thermally modified. I think that makes it rot resistant.

  60. Paul Fitzpatrick says:

    Off topic, but I like the drum-like raised planters in the background. Where did you get them or how were they constructed?

  61. Industrial Coatings says:

    Use linseed and get a plastic drum fill it with linseed and dunk the wood into the linseed ore let them soak raw linseed is as natural as the wood.

  62. Dan Glecier says:

    2 years ago. How did it hold up to date?

  63. Craig B says:

    Damn trying to find out what primitives would use to treat and stain woods.

  64. Sam Dallas says:

    Ummm like one time…..dude I had this stuff……and like this isn't THAT stuff….
    but like…..I don't know this stuff is good too.

  65. Ava Dabner says:

    I bought this ECO product for about $23 at Home Depot. ECO does claim to be a wood 'treatment', but does not claim to preserve wood. It stains the wood dark black exactly like 'tea staining' with iron and vinegar does. In fact it smells like the iron tea stain. I suspect that it actually is the same ingredients as in tea stain. You can make your own tea stain with steel wool and vinegar for far less money. I have not read anything that will verify that tea stain will actually preserve wood though. Anyways, don't waste your money, just make your own tea stain and maybe it will/ maybe it will not preserve the wood. It does make a really cool looking dark wood stain though.

  66. Renee Perry says:

    I just avoid the whole issue of rotting wood and chemicals (known or unknown) by planting directly in the ground. Why does everyone think they have to grow in a raised garden? It's a modern invention – for eons people grew food on flat ground and were able to feed themselves. I have some of the worst native soils around – very very sandy and poor, with root-knot nematodes galore. Mulch heavy and add lots of good compost and the nematodes are no longer a problem -they get out-competed or consumed by the other microorganisms. This is not just theory I am spouting off – I am an experienced gardener and have been doing it this way for over 15 years. I can grow every nematode-hating vegetable there is on my flat ground garden because nematodes are no longer an issue. Really, gardening does not have to be presented as being so complicated or expensive.

  67. frances to says:

    Hi john. I used the Eco wood treatment on my 24" wood box planter. The problem I have on this product is, the black stained residue stayed it on my cement floor where the wooden box was placed. I cannot removed the stained from the Eco wood treatment off my cement floor. So if you ever use the product. The planter need to place on the dirt area. Not on the cement area.

  68. fuzzbutt2871 says:

    Do you have any concerns about using plastic in your garden? Plastic also leaches into your food…

  69. watercloset99 says:

    nah, never put anything on the wood. i use clear cut pine. no preservatives. nah

  70. 3Sphere says:

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  71. Chad Marcum says:

    3 years on… is this holding up?

  72. iCanHazTwentyLetters says:

    Use pine tar. There are churches in norway that where built in the Viking Age, coated with pine tar, and they're still standing.

  73. roy hoco says:

    the only proof for this product is in it's longevity, meanwhile I will stay with what I got and simply replace wood as it deteriorates to the point of uselessness. I will use the boards I removed to build a fire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows. y'all are all invited.

  74. Linda Furley says:

    Does anyone know the ingredients of this product?

  75. Tanya Brown says:

    please can you put  a link to your update on this in your heading. I'd really like to know how this is still going.

  76. Marion Lewis says:

    I'm going to use Gronomics Cedar Garden Bed Oil.  A blend of natural and citrus oils for preserving and protecting the wood.  Some of us are uncomfortable kneeling and bending so we like raised beds also you can grow plants that like to creep and hang.

  77. Justin Rice says:

    Awesome, great video! I'll definitely give this a try… Presently in the market for this kind of a product that I'll use on a wood bowl to plant succulents .

    The before/after part was very helpful!

  78. Danni Ren says:

    Thanks for sharing this awesome product. i have tried to find something that treat wood without any harm for my vegetable raised bed and I almost give up until saw this video. Thank you so much!!!

  79. LJ E says:

    "I feel they are fairly safe". Seriously?? Anything that holds up to docks could contain heavy metals, which are, after-all minerals, right?

    Any company that refuses to disclose the ingredients is not to be trusted for use in an organic garden, IMHO.

  80. Ernst Boyd says:


  81. T G says:

    There's a Japanese technique of wood preservation called shou sugi ban. It's done by charring the wood with fire. From what I've read it protects wood from rot and pests for 80-100 years!

  82. Leonard Jenkins says:

    Is the bag now flammable?

  83. Atila Bicici says:

    You don't know the content "The Minerals", and you say that they are harmless, because the manufacturer says so. Good grief ! It's OK for us too.

  84. JT Stevens says:

    "I feel like they're fairly safe, they're just some powdered up stuff"….ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOURSELF????!!!!!!

  85. asbestosfiber says:

    arsenopyrite, conichalcite, enargite, are all 100% natural minerals. They all contain arsenic. They are not in the stuff he is talking about (or I sure would hope not) But let's try to be a little more accurate with what we say

  86. Alan Clark says:

    In general, I recommend protecting wood that will be in contact with soil with straight dark pine tar resin. Wood that will be visible you can treat with dark, light pine tar resin, pine tar stain, mixed equal parts with raw linseed oil. These products are available from the Eco Living Rooms store at 12 Cataraqui Street, just east of Rideau Street and west of The Woolen Mill. If you don't live in Kingston, you can order it from If you liven in the US, you can order it from For raised beds, if you have the space, you can build hugels, using a mix of fresh, dry, and rotting logs, fill the gaps with yard wastes, whatever yard wastes you happen to have, like leaves, weeds, etc, and then top off with soil. You can grow things like clover on while the soil is think and as things rot the soil will get thicker and thus able to accommodate deeper rooted plants.

  87. Joseph Collins says:

    When you go through puberty, your voice will drop…

  88. Joseph Collins says:

    Rub some engine oil on it.

  89. ibjosb says:

    So how did the Ecowood hold up in your garden?

  90. Randy Hate says:

    No way I'm using that based on some dude's word that it's non-toxic after he says he can't tell me what's in it. Especially when the guy telling me that is the same guy trying to sell it to me.

  91. Jake Jones says:

    Hey John, I know you made this video five years ago, but have you heard of the term in the wood stain world called VOC (volatile organic compound)? I found a wood stain online that claims to have zero VOCs in it. Do you know anything about that?

    They're making claims that it IS "safe for food and skin contact." Here's a link:

    I HATE the look of untreated, unstained wood but like most people, I don't want harmful chemicals to leech through the wood into the soil, but this product might better than that stuff you're using. Zero. Volatile. Organic. Compound.

    Let me know. Thanks!

  92. Nunya Biznis says:

    Vegetable oil

  93. P Hubbard says:

    You sound stupid

  94. barkebaat says:

    I stopped at 1:30. This guy seems clueless.

  95. bridget roq says:

    i decided to do the burn tech to preserve the wood longer it hardens it if done right try try till you get it right '

  96. Elizabeth Long says:

    ..thank you ;;;';'

  97. Luv8dds Soriano says:

    I cannot stand watching this. He is talking too much! Blah blah blah!

  98. wombatt360 says:

    Yeah, we dont know what is in there but they say it's safe. And we can trust them and even store our seeds in the empty bag. Riiiiight.

  99. Harry Sartelle says:

    dig hole a little larger than lumber ie 2x6x10 line with 6mil or thicker plastic sheeting now soak /dip board

  100. MrIhadanaccount says:

    He said that that the color is a "dark pee color actually"… Dude, get a kidney and bladder test. lol

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