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There has been some controversy in the area recently about building new homes on contaminated land. This got me thinking. I've recently filled some raised beds for growing veg in with topsoil from the local builders merchants. It was sieved and that's all I know about it. Should I be worried about heavy metals etc? 

I guess even if I was growing veg straight into the ground I wouldnt know what contaminants were already in there. Am I just being dramatic?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,130

    I wouldn't get too stressed Pixie. Realistically, there's not a lot you can do about it anyway unless you have it removed. You could call the provider and ask where their topsoil comes from - it may be from far away (but even then you wouldn't know what's in it).
    Add some good well rotted manure and you'll be ready to go.
    Plants have good mechanisms to protect themselves against the intake of heavy metals and the like.

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  • Pixie1Pixie1 Posts: 2

    Thank you for your reply. I will start getting the beds ready for planting next year.  

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