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QUESTION: Advice re: soil testing for lead 30 May 2008 Victoria, Australia


We are in the process of setting up a school community garden and the question of soil contamination has been raised. The 'Seed to Seed' publication from seed savers about setting up a school kitchen garden has a link to your site as a resource.

What advice could you give us as far as soil testing goes and are there any local (Melbourne) resources you could recommend?



ANSWER: 20 Apr 2009

Dear David,

Regarding soil testing, you can use The LEAD Group's Do-it-yourself sampling lead assessment kit also see Is your yard lead safe?

The trouble with going directly to a Melbourne lab is that they do not give you direct interpretation guidelines, which are part of the kit.

Regarding the purchase of a Basic DIY-sampling lead assessment kit, I will need your phone number and if you want to pay by cheque, please post it to the address below. If you want to pay by credit card please email or phone through your card type, number, expiry and name on card. If you want to pay by EFT, please phone with your requirements FREE CALL: 1800 626 086, the details are:

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