Bleach in soil - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
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Question by kaygfox
January 5, 2011
My wife applied a 10% bleach solution to our vegetable garden soil. Will that damage the soil?

We plan to plant new vegetables in the garden
In about 30 days. Will that be ok, or do we have to wait longer or do anything to the soil before planting ?

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Answer from NGA
January 5, 2011
I wouldn't recommend using bleach in a garden bed but since you already have, you shouldn't be too alarmed. The bleach will leach out and/or decompose by the time you're ready to plant your veggies. The major problem with bleach is that it can kill micro-organisms, both good guys and bad guys. Healthy soil is teaming with good-guy type micro-organisms so the bleach application has probably compromised their health. A quick fix is to amend the soil with compost prior to planting your veggies. Compost is full of healthy micro-organisms, which should restore the balance in your veggie garden.

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