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RE: RE: Soil Test

  • Subject: RE: [cg] RE: Soil Test
  • From: Fred Conrad <fred.conrad@acfb.org>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 14:48:26 -0400

Amanda,
i'm not an expert, but i've had a lot of soil tested at U-Mass and they say
that normal ranges are:

Lead 2-200 mg/kg with an average of 15, so you're on the high end of normal
and you don't have to do anything special to remediate.  if you increase the
pH you will lock up most of it in the soil and mulching will keep it from
blowing around as dust.

Cadmium <1 mg/kg with an average of 0.1, so you're a little high in cadmium
and i have no earthly idea what you should do about that.

Chromium 1 - 1000 mg/kg with an average of 100, so you're fine there.

seems like you're soil is fine gardening soil, but you might want to check
with sally mccabe because everybody says she has the best dirt in the ACGA.
she will send you a bag if you ask and if you happen to catch her in a good
mood, which is more than most people would do.

Fred Conrad 
Community Garden Coordinator 
Atlanta Community Food Bank 
970 Jefferson Street, Atlanta, GA 30318 
ph: 404.892.FEED ext 216 fx: 404.892.4026 
fred.conrad@acfb.org    www.acfb.org





-----Original Message-----
From: Amanda Maria Edmonds [mailto:aedmonds@umich.edu]
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2002 1:00 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] RE: Soil Test



Can anyone help me interpret the results of this heavy metal soil test?
I.e., what levels are acceptable for food production, etc.?  Amanda

Parameter          Method    Units    Result
Total Lead           6010B       mg/kg    160
Total Cadmium    6010B       mg/kg    1.5
Total Chromium   6010B       mg/kg    59
Total Solids          160.3         %         96.6
Comments:
All methods reference USEPA procedures, unless otherwise indicated
Results reported on a dry weight basis.
Metals prepared in accordance with US EPA 3050B




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