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Posted on 22 April 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

UGC Reader Question: Urban Gardening and Air Pollution

sidewalk-gardenBy Vanessa Richins

Jarod C. asks:

“Hello Urban Gardner, my wife and I want to plant a garden in our yard this year but are concerned about the near by freeway and shipping lanes. The diesel truck and ocean tanker exhaust deposits a blanket of black soot on our porch and outdoor windowsills.

My question is can we grow food in this environment?

Can the soot simply be washed off making vegetables ready to eat or does the toxic component get inside the food making them unhealthy to eat. I know it sounds terrible but we actually live in a lovely neighborhood.”

As I did some searching for articles to research this question, I became a bit frustrated.

It turns out Read the rest of this entry »

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