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Round Up in soil question...

So...we are renting a house and last summer, our landlord had a landscaper come out here and get rid of all the weeds...they sprayed what I assume was Round Up...or some other chemical EVERYWHERE...I am planting a small garden this year and the area that has the most sun was of course, hit by the Round Up last year. I really wanted to do all organic, and I hate the idea of planting my veggies in soil that's been sprayed...but how strong is the chemical in the soil now, after a year? Has a lot of it washed out? Should we just go ahead and plant there anyway, adding some compost and some of our own organic soil
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Re: Round Up in soil question...

  • I would do raised beds.  You dig down a little bit, throw that soil away (since it's contaminated) and buy new soil and mix it with compost.  Then you'll have safe, high-quality soil for your veggie garden.  Having walls around your garden should also tell the landscaper "don't mess with this."

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  • Actual Round Up degrades quickly. The half-life of glyphosate is about 60 days. If it was used on grass, that's not what it was, though. It was likely more of a weed and feed product, which would be 2-4D most likely. That has a half life of about 20 days.

    Either way, the soil does not remain contaminated indefinitely. If it's been a year, it will have no real effect. I wouldn't bother with raised beds unless the quality of your soil demands it (very sandy, very clay-ey, etc.) or you'd rather just start from scratch.

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  • Thanks guys - it wasn't used on grass...it was only used in the areas along the house and what not with weeds. Not the grass. We actually have amazing soil where I live, and our landlord even said that the spot I want to plant used to grow amazing veggies when she lived here, which is why I really wanted to use it. The landscapers are freakin idiots...luckily she only has them come once a year. We had tomatoes in containers last year sitting on the soil where I want to plant. When they came and sprayed, they didn't move the three containers we had..just left them there and sprayed around them. Well, the next day they were all shriveled - I was so pissed. We're definitely going to put a little mini fence around our veggies though, and we've already told our landlord that if she's going to send another landscaper to let us know exactly when so that we can be here to tell them not to spray that area!

    I think we'll just try it out and see what happens...thanks everyone!

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