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Post  jazzymaddy on Wed 23 Mar 2011 - 17:13

So I've seen a bit about this around, and I'm feeling lazy right now and don't want to dig around for my specific answer. I you're also feeling lazy, don't answer. There, we're even. Wink

I have this lovely cedar box that I'm so in love with, and don't like the idea of it fading to silvery grey over time. Just doesn't work with my "color scheme". So... where can I find a good non-toxic stain? And if that's too hard to find, or too cost prohibitive, is it acceptable to just stain the outside of the box with a lovely deck stain?

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on Wed 23 Mar 2011 - 17:56

I wouldn't stain mine to be honest....because I'm too lazy...just not lazy enough to avoid posting. Wink

However, you will hear a lot of people saying that the chemicals may leech into your soil and veggies. I, personally, don't think I'll grow a third arm for staining my wood. But, I'm not going through the work, either.

(If I grew a third arm, though, I bet I'd get more seeds in the dirt.)
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Post  Glendale-gardener on Wed 23 Mar 2011 - 18:03

I painted only the outside of mine. Our house is cedar, so i had leftover white exterior paint that we used for the trim last fall!
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Post  jazzymaddy on Wed 23 Mar 2011 - 18:09

BackyardBirdGardner wrote:I wouldn't stain mine to be honest....because I'm too lazy...just not lazy enough to avoid posting. Wink

However, you will hear a lot of people saying that the chemicals may leech into your soil and veggies. I, personally, don't think I'll grow a third arm for staining my wood. But, I'm not going through the work, either.

(If I grew a third arm, though, I bet I'd get more seeds in the dirt.)


Hilarious. You know, as a mom of three, I would love to have a third arm! Thanks for not being too lazy. I needed the laugh.
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Post  Furbalsmom on Wed 23 Mar 2011 - 22:57

Staining the outside will not cause problems for the mix and plants on the inside.
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Post  LaFee on Thu 24 Mar 2011 - 1:09

particularly if you use a water-based stain (emulsion).

You could also just oil it well -- that would maintain the color and protect the wood.

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