Santa Clara County
University of California
Santa Clara County

University of California Cooperative Extension

Best Gardening Practices After Flooding

  1. Discard any produce that was touched by flood waters (above or below ground).
  2. Treat any produce that was present during flood but not actually touched (see chart on Fact Sheet for specific actions).
  3. Wait at least 60 days before replanting (see diagram on Fact Sheet for details).
  4. Wear gloves and closed shoes, wash hands thoroughly, and mulch garden and paths to keep dust down.

pumpkins in flood water

Pumpkins and melons exposed to flood water. Source: Food Safety News, 2016. 

Read more on our Fact Sheet


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Contact Information

UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 282-3110
Fax: (408) 298-5160
For gardening questions e-mail: Master Gardeners Hotline 9:30am-12:30pm

County Director:

Sheila Barry

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