What to do if your garden was contaminated by bleach?

OrangeRose03March 27, 2013

Last summer my neighbor was being evicted and in a jealous rage poured bleach all over my daughter and my flower garden. Everything was killed. We dug out some of the dirt, added potting soil, and let it sit all fall and winter. Do you think it would be okay to plant in this spring? How would I be able to test it, and if it isn't ready how can I fix it?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Please tell me they spent time in jail for that.

I have no idea how quickly bleach breaks down but I bet your local cooperative extension agent does. They'd be the ones to ask.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 12:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

No. I didn't press charges. I just had my landlord deal with it. There is some grass and weeds coming up since it has been getting warmer out. I'm hoping that it is usable this year and I don't have to wait longer.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 11:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Bleach will break down rapidly (!) when exposed to water, sunlight, and oxygen. The best thing you could have done is to do a little turning over every once in a while just to expose the contaminated soil. The essential soil biota regenerates rapidly, too.

I would plant your garden with no worries.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 7:13PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
POS systems
I work at a nursery and the office manager asked me...
christinmk z5b eastern WA
Ideal careers for a male with a horticultural degree?
I still have a long time to think about this, but it's...
grow your own or use plugs?
Although we grow a couple acres of produce, we really...
Starting a small iris nursery
I have been digging thru this forum the last few weeks...
gravel not grass :(
I can not grow grass in my yard! since purchasing...
all your environment
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™