Since I am planning of planting my first organic vegetable garden this coming summer, there are a few things I need to clear out of the way before I even contemplate choosing what varieties of what veggies to grow and one of them is the very soil in which they will develop.
I am fortunate enough to have quite some space to experiment with this project, but the problem is that there used to be a pool on top of the soil in which I am going to grow and I am concerned that the chlorine of the pool water, in case there was leakage, will negatively affect the quality and growth rate of my plants and that's if it doesn't downright prevent them from germinating in the first place.
Is there any way to measure the chlorine levels of the soil that doesn't require expensive tools?
Considering the potential chlorine problem, what do you suggest I should do with the soil before I grow in it?
I am considering gardening in raised beds for the first year while I restore the soil with compost, worms and other things that I will learn along the way. This might be a dumb idea, but if I there is excess chlorine in the soil, maybe I could plant something that has a high rate of chlorine absorbency?