An enrichment method has been developed for the determination of cadmium and lead in vegetable matter by name atomic absorption spectrophotometry after preconcentration with 8-hydroxyquinoline or cupferron on activated-carbon. in enrichment factor of up to 100 was achieved by using both of the mentioned complexing reagents. The optimum low est pH values were found as 4.8 and 4.4 with cupferron, and 5.3 and 5.8 with oxine, for cadmium and lead, respectively, The effect of decomposition procedures, such as dry and wet ashing, on the recovery were also studied and compared. The relative standard deviations were found to be 2% for cadmium (7 mu g l(-1) Cd) and 3% for lead (70 mu g l(-1) Pb). Vegetable samples from fertilized farmland and roadside areas of Elazig, Turkey were analysed by using the proposed method.