gardening near main road

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kees, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Is there a recommended distance away from traffic that produce can be grown? Specifically, I'm wondering if it's safe to consume the food that I grow if it's on a main road in a small town.

    Suzy

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  2. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    I would think it would depend on whether the road commission uses salt, etc on the road that could leach into your soil. Otherwise, unless there's a local ordinance against it I don't see a problem.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Well.....................

    We had a sportscaster in town that always talked about his garden on such and such road. One day it disappeared. ALL of it!!!
     
  4. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I don't know if it helps, but grass grows in the entire yard.

    What happened to the man's garden?

    Suzy

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  5. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    We have lots of little patches near roads here...the yards are very small and people grow stuff wherever there's enough sun.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    How close are you talking about, I would think to use your best judgement and common sense, you should do OK.

    AL
     
  7. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    That's good to know. I looked online today and couldn't find any information.

    Suzy
     
  8. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Plant extra if there's pedestrian traffic.
    Stuff in the community garden here sometimes walks away.
     
  9. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Ohh...there's no sidewalk. Where I am, nobody locks their cars and my yard is fenced.

    Suzy
     
  10. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Our town has sidewalks and bike paths everywhere. Folks in the downtown area often plant things in the space between the sidewalk and road. It's a 10 foot space sometimes, so it's not weird.

    It's a nice place to live, but folks have swimming pools larger than many of the yards here.
     

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