raised beds where an old pool was

redd1981(5b)April 29, 2014

Hey everyone this is my first post and I would like to thank everyone for all the knowledge Iv gained lurking here the past few weeks.

I have just made two raised bed gardens in an area where an above ground pool sat for abut 10-15 years and was taken out about 10-12 years ago.

should I be worried about any residual chemicals left in there?

I will add that I dug down pretty far and the soil doesnt seem to be compacted at all and there seems to be quite the colony of earth worm for something that doesnt have much for them to munch on (we filled it with pea gravel years ago for a playground).

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Compaction would be the biggest issue. The chemicals are long ago evaporated, leeched, and/or otherwise degraded after such a long period of time.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 1:54AM
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Thank you for the response.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 1:12AM
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If you removed the soil that might, possibly, have been exposed to the Chlorine used in the pool water then you will have removed what ever contamination there may have been, if any.
Since on of the reasons for building a raised bed is to bypass any native soil compaction that would not be a concern with raised beds, unless that same soil, un amended with organic matter, was used.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 6:52AM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I have plants where an above ground pool was. The backwash dumped into another area than where the pool set. I have not had ANY problems.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 9:04AM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

Double post

This post was edited by wayne_5 on Thu, May 1, 14 at 13:13

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 1:10PM
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A properly managed pool has available chlorine near what drinking water does, and a pH near neutral. Although you add a lot of chemicals over time, they're degraded to harmless by-products.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 3:12PM
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