Is your garden getting doused with lead?

May 25, 2012

Living in the east of Toronto , I’ve always wondered what’s in my soil.  Not just the nutrient balance but the really dirty stuff too, like lead. Until I get a proper lead test done and/or build raised beds in my latest apartment, I’ve refrained from planting root veggies, as much as I’ve craved pulling up my own purple carrots from the ground. Either way, you don’t want to be adding more pollutants to this already polluted world by bringing in toxic gardening supplies! For the full low down on dirty tools, including tainted hoses, check out my latest column on not so green gardening supplies….Speaking of dirty, did you know Milorganite fertilizer is made with Milwaukee sewage sludge?? Nasty, I know. Before you get free compost from your city, make sure it’s sewage sludge free!! Lots of municipalities try to pawn theirs off. Ick.