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

Posted by Kafei none (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 13, 13 at 14:18

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

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!


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

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


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

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 14, 13 at 11:08

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


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

I Agree with nil^ If the grass is growing back that says a lot right there.


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

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


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