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I'm getting ready to do my raised garden and have access to all the pine mulch from the Xmas tree recycling. My question is if I use it in the garden where I grow my budgies veggies could it be bad for them. I would much rather do half mulch and half dirt since the dirt can be expensive. Not sure what kind of pine it is it was just our community's Xmas trees shredded. I won't use it if it could be bad for them.

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If you are using the mulch only in the garden where your vegetables grow, that should be fine.

The concerns for growing "organic" vegetablees are with regard to chemically treated wood/dirt and/or wood/dirt/plants treated with pesticides.
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If you are using the mulch only in the garden where your vegetables grow, that should be fine.

The concerns for growing "organic" vegetablees are with regard to chemically treated wood/dirt and/or wood/dirt/plants treated with pesticides.
Hmm I may have to rethink this than because I was thinking about using pellet wood for the box. I don't know anything about the wood.
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Sorry, I'm confused -- what box are you referring to?

If you are building something out of wood that your birds will have access to, you need to be sure you are using non-toxic wood that has not been pressure treated.
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Sorry, I'm confused -- what box are you referring to?

If you are building something out of wood that your birds will have access to, you need to be sure you are using non-toxic wood that has not been pressure treated.
Sorry I'm just making a raised garden out of wood pellets to grow our veggies in for our family and birds. They don't to outside so that's not the worry. I'm worried about the veggies being safe for them to eat if they are grown in pine.
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They will be alright. 'Organic' is mostly a marketing tool. Wood is seldom treated with a lot of chemicals.
Even pressure treated wood for general household use does no longer contain arsenic (contrary to what Rodale Press keeps telling it's readers), and I did check with people who actually researched that!

Yes, you can use pine mulch in your bed, but you might want to check your pH balance, as pine is notoriously low in pH, you might have to add a little lime (or egg shells.)

Using the pine mulch also adds the organic compost component to your bed, all plusses in my book!
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Wooden pallets for your raised garden will be fine!

The vegetables will be safe for the budgies to eat.
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re: pallets: make sure you get clean ones!
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re: pallets: make sure you get clean ones!
For sure my husband has said the same thing. He used to work for a car dealership and they would put old engines on them and get oil and other fluids on them.
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