Lead Paint in my vegetable garden

Asked April 27, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

I live in the city and so space to grow a vegetable garden is always a challenge. I found what I thought to be the perfect place, behind and butted up to my garage. Now I am wondering if the paint on my garage ( that inevitably will be chipping off the garage and washing into my garden) is lead contaminated as my house was built in the early 1900's. I looked online at the soil test option MSU extension has, but it does not appear that it also tests for lead contamination. How would I go about testing this soil before I eat my harvest?

Thank you so much for your assistance!
Lisa M. Welch

Bay County Michigan

1 Response

If you want to enclose a check made out to MSU for $28 we can have the soil analyzed for lead in addition to the regular test. Just write on your paperwork you would like to have the lead test done also.