edreid wrote:I have been having a similar problem, I don't know what chemicals have been used on my allotment plot but i am informed that useage has been extensive. certainly using additional top soil, compost and irigation seems the best solution. im am also quite interestd in raised beds.
I have been inspired to grow organic japanese vegetables from looking at the following site www*foundintranslation.co.uk , go to the organic farmer section. its about a japanese organic farmer growing japanese vegetables in a traditional english manner and environment. I wonder if i shall be successful in my attempt. advice and comments very welcome.
Interesting web site. I think that farmer is actually in england?
I think what Scott mentioned earlier about adding a few truckloads of clean topsoil will help, and adding organic matter as you have it will help a lot as well. I believe I remember reading somewhere that the environment in which chemicals like RoundUp have been used takes up to three years to recover - for the natural balance to return completely I think it is seven years.
And Scott... How COULD you???? Heresy? Understatement... Fie for shame!