Good Gardening Practices for Urban Soils
These guidelines will help protect you from polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), lead (Pb) and other contaminants commonly in the urban soil.
- Wear gloves while gardening
- Wash hands after gardening and before eating
- Wash and scrub vegetables before eating or cooking
- Change gardening shoes before entering home so as not to track excessive dirt indoors
- Don’t let children eat soil
- Add organic matter to soil, such as compost
- Till soil only to a depth of 6” - 8”
- Avoid deep digging or double digging
- Use mulch to lessen splashing of soil onto plants
- Do not use railroad ties or pressure treated (CCA) wood
Prepared by: Boston University School of Public Health,
Department of Environmental Health
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