paint thinner

Asked August 27, 2016, 3:36 PM EDT

Hi, I found a jar of about a cup of what I thought was water outside my new home. I thought "mosquito breeding ground" and dumped it in the garden. Turns out from the smell it was probably paint thinner. It was there for about 2 hours as I had to go out and then wasn't sure initially what to do. I then dug out soil to about 9-12 inches, where it doesn't smell anymore, hopefully got it all but I'm really not sure. I threw it out and washed up well. I will replace the soil, but is there anything else I should be doing? How many feet away do you think is safe to plant food crops? Thank you.

Maryland vegetable garden possible paint thinner

2 Responses

Soil micro organisms will break down the product you dumped and will volatilize and disperse in vapor. It is okay to plant. Incorporate plenty of organic matter.
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Thank you SO much!