Safe To Grow Vegetables In Vertical Converted Pallets

Question From: 
Alison Cowan in  Chermside West,  Brisbane QLD


Nature of problem: 
Is it safe to grow vegetables in pallets converted to vertical gardens that have been painted using an enamel spray paint? I am concerned if chemicals will leach from the paint into the soil & then into the vegetables. Considered lining the inside of the pallet where the soil will be, with that black plastic liner or even hesian. Any suggestions/advice is much appreciated.


Type of Plant (if known): 
Herbs, tomatoes & lettuce


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
worried about poisons leaching from the paint


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
potting mix


How often do you water the plant:


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:


What type of plant is it:


How long since you planted it:
havent planted yet


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
not yet


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 
vertical garden made out of pallets


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

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Other Comments: 


Answer: Since the banning of lead based paints well over 30 years ago, painted surfaces are quite safe.  Don