3 Tips to Lessen Soil Contaminants in Your Home Garden

September 14, 2017

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Gardening and growing your own vegetables is becoming an increasingly popular hobby. Cultivating your own produce, being able to connect with nature in your own home, and being involved in agriculture are some of the advantages of keeping a garden. It also means you can control the amount of chemicals your plants are exposed to and that packaging and transport are much more convenient. There are still risks, however, which means that there are a few things you need to know before you dig into your new hobby.

The nearby roads may bring contaminants into your soil so you may need to consider asphalt removal or replacement. The very earth beneath your feet could be carrying hazardous chemicals and metals that might make your vegetables unsafe. Call a professional if you need expert analysis and advice on what you can do with the soil.

Do a Soil Test

3 Tips to Lessen Soil Contaminants in Your Home Garden

Growing vegetables is a challenging task. It becomes more so if your soil is the problem. Testing the soil is a helpful way to check for optimal planting conditions. Organic matter can stop contaminants from developing. Compost can lower the risk of impurities and improve soil conditions. If absolutely necessary, physical and biochemical decontamination is a great strategy for soil remediation.

Plan Your Garden Layout

3 Tips to Lessen Soil Contaminants in Your Home Garden

If the contamination is mostly in your garden,it’s time to rethink the layout. Consider planting perennial ornamentals in the more contaminated areas as this can lessen soil disturbance. Also, if you live near heavily travelled roads, note that this is a source for contaminants. Don’t hesitate to call professionals to remove or replace the asphalt in your neighborhood.

Another thing you can do is import new soil and place it over the contaminated area. Install drainage on the new soil, but cover the bottom bed so the new soil doesn’t come into contact with the same bacteria.

Think Carefully about Plant Selection

7 Easy Steps to Creating a Healthy Garden at Home

Plants present some danger depending on how much soil they come into contact with. Crops that come into direct contact with the soil (carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, and etc.) are very risky. Make sure to peel them to reduce the risk of introducing contaminants into your garden. Shoots and leafy crops (celery, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage) or fruit-bearing plants (tomato, cucumber, beans, and peas) may not be as dangerous, but be wary of them as well.

That home garden could save you the cost of buying, packaging, and transporting produce so make sure to invest in making sure your soil is at its best. Pay attention to all factors that can affect the quality of your soil, whether external or internal, when developing your garden.

Posted in Home and Garden by Sophie Ruiz