April 21, 2014
Just got back from a short trip to my old stomping grounds, Washington DC to help my daughter and son in law plant their first garden in their new home. I dug up and bought some hebs from my garden and then we went on a shopping spree at their local nursery for some good soil, more plants and all the other stuff new gardeners need. But, a few days before, I got a disappointed e-mail from my daughter saying she had done a soil test and found LEAD!! She did some quick investigation, but it confirmed what I knew--all soil has some lead...urban gardens, however, border on toxic levels of 500ppm or more. Should city folks grow their own foods? Is it worth the risk? Should they belong to CSAs?
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