Vegetable garden after a house fire

Asked May 5, 2020, 6:53 AM EDT

We had a house fire Thursday April 30th. Our garden is in our terraced backyard. Will it be safe to eat the produce? We have lettuce, kale, spinach, tomatoes, onions, radishes, cucumber, spaghetti squash, and zucchini.

Jefferson County Kentucky

4 Responses

Was there any damage to the vegetable plants? Was there any type of fire retardant other than water applied to the fire that could have drifted to the vegetables?
Was the fire contained to a small part of the residence or the entire home?

Wayne Long
Jefferson Co Extension Service

No apparent damage to plant leaves.
No fire retardant used outside the home.
Fire was contained to the interior of the home.
Smoke and soot may have drifted to garden area but not obvious on plants.
Vegetable plants have no fruit or blooms yet....lettuce leaves are still small.
Just wanted to be cautious.
Thank for your response.

I would suggest, when you are ready to harvest, washing the leafy vegetables as you would usually do before consumption.

Sorry for the fire damage but glad no one was hurt.

Wayne Long
Jefferson Co Extension Service

Thank you so much for your quick reply.