Testing soil and adjusting it, will give your plants the best possible conditions for growing and thriving.
You'll get healthier, greener plants, and bigger and better flowers if the soil is ideal, but first you need to learn how to test soil.
If you're not sure where to get your soil tested, contact your local county extension agent, and they will help you.
A soil test for PH, Salinity, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and even micro nutrients make all the difference to your plants!
Items you will need for testing soil;
On a day when the soil is relatively dry,... (You can't get samples from wet soil)
This (core) section gets deposited in the pail.
Move on to another section of the garden. Repeat.....
If your garden is a large area, you should take at least four of these cores from different areas.
If you've been sent a form to fill out, answer all questions as best you can, otherwise, write down what kind of plants you are growing, and tell them that you garden organically. (If you do....)
Your test might take up to five days to complete.
The lab should send recommendations about any specific problem you have with your soil.
The cost of the test can range from $10 for a basic test, to up to $25 or more, depending on who does the testing.
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