Do I need to go container, or can I do raised bed?

KafeiJanuary 13, 2013

Our large, hillside back yard was blasted with weed killer last summer - everything died. It went from being a green, lush place to dry, dead earth. After a few months, the grass has made a comeback, but now I want to plant a vegetable garden and I don't know if the ground is suitable anymore. I'm the sort of person that likes to go organic and low chemical when possible.

Is the ground still toxic? If I make a raised bed on it, will my veggies die? Is container gardening the better option for a person like me?

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zzackey(8b GA)

I'd be afraid of planting there. Check with your local agricultural center to find out what to do. I would use containers if it was me. I did them last year. They didn't do real well. My biggest pot was only a 3 gallon one. The bigger the better!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:03PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

You should find out what chemical was used to clear the area. If it was just roundup I would not be concerned. Al

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 9:59AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

if the ground has not been bone dry since spraying, you should be fine, especially if it was glyphosate (roundup).

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:08AM
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I Agree with nil^ If the grass is growing back that says a lot right there.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:16AM
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Thank you for the replies!

It has rained quite a bit since then. I looked into it, and the weed killer used was Ortho Weed B Gon MAX. The active ingredients are Quinclorac, 2,4 D and Dicamba. I'll be looking into this. It would save me a small fortune if I could use the ground.

This post was edited by Kafei on Mon, Jan 14, 13 at 23:58

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 11:53PM
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