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Eric Vinje

Hi –

Used railway ties have been an old standard for garden walls and beds, but since they were often treated with creosote, they have gained a bad reputation. I think it is generally a good rule of thumb to avoid treated woods, especially if they are slick, sticky or oily. If you are already using ties, it might be a good idea to line the beds with a safe, impermeable material such as heavy-duty, food-grade plastic.

Hope this helps!