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raised beds where an old pool was

Posted by redd1981 none (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 23:30

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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RE: raised beds where an old pool was

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

RE: raised beds where an old pool was

Thank you for the response.

RE: raised beds where an old pool was

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.

RE: raised beds where an old pool was

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.

RE: raised beds where an old pool was

Double post

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

RE: raised beds where an old pool was

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.

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