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Using mortar trough as plant containers?

 
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The mortar trough from the hardware store are typically cheaper than plant pots and seem more robust.

However it seems to me that they have are rubbery/plastic chemical smell to them.

Do you know whether they can be safely used for growing food?
 
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As i didn't get an answer, here is a picture of the thing i have in mind:

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I use these troughs for planting, have so for years.

Here in Germany, they are the cheapest alternative to big pots. To be honest, I am not sure on the aspect of possible leakage of the material. However, it can't be really dangerous as many people use them and show pictures and I hear no warnings, as in the case of wooden sleepers which were used some decades ago but which are not used anymore due to the dangerous coating they have.

I will keep my eyes open and post here if I find something definitive.
 
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