We still need to get Mike and the kids tested, but at least we can be a little less nervous now. I spend an awful lot of time with my hands in the dirt. So if my levels are normal, chances are better that theirs are, too.
We also still need to get the results back from our additional soil tests. I measured the garden, kids' play area, front yard, and finished compost that we just harvested. The U of MN might block my number if I call them again to see if the results are in yet.
A few friends have offered to help build raised beds. So I think I'm going to start planning a "Rebuild Liz's Garden" party. I think I'll serve "garden party" food, like little cucumber sandwiches, iced tea, and some sort of delightful little cupcake or something [anyone remember garden party Barbie?] . But first I have to figure out how I want the raised beds laid out... if I want to keep the fence up or take it down to make it easier to get in and out of the garden...how much soil, lumber, landscaping fabric, and mulch I need...etc. Luckily, I love planning.
Anyone know how deep I need to make the raised beds to avoid plants digging their roots through the landscaping fabric and into the leaded soil? 2 feet? Tomato roots go deep...
I have some research to do.
Thanks again for being so supportive. And I think I could talk about this at work or at a party now without crying. I've had some time to deal.