Asked on Apr 2, 2013

Is this area safe to plant veggies in

Douglas HuntDee W


The previous owner of our home had built a large shed in the yard. The base that he built the shed on was 3 railroad ties. Needless to say, the shed was in shambles.. we tore it down. Want to remove the ties, they are all in decay and literally falling apart. I would imagine the ties have been in the soil for about 15 years. Is it safe to use this area as garden? or should I just add topsoil and plant grass? Not sure about contamination from the creosote. thanks!!
2 answers
  • Dee W
    on Apr 2, 2013

    Hi Kris, you could take a soil sample to your local Extension Office and they would test it for you. I hope this helps.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 3, 2013

    I think Dee's idea is an excellent one. It will put your mind at ease and also tell you what type of soil amendments you need to add as well. Your local extension office should have the details for you.

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