Soil Testing kit- what do you recommend?
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- August 17, 2009 at 8:13 am #28925
I did a google search on soil testing kits and got alot of results. What test kits/websites do you recommend? What are the basic components I need to make sure the kit tests (e.g, ph, ?)
Thanks!!March 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm #29231
The cooperative extensions are a good source for soil testing. The cornell cooperative extension sells a pH test kit here http://cnal.cals.cornell.edu/forms/phkit.aspx
One advantage to having your soil tested by a cooperative exension rather than testing yourself is that the extension will give reccomendations and other information to help interperet the results. If you want to do it yourself (a good way to learn about soil), I have used this kit and it does come with 2 informative booklets to help you interperet the results: http://www.benmeadows.com/search/soil+test+kits/1852/?s_kwcid=soil+test+kits%7C2586111268April 17, 2010 at 8:15 am #29371
I’m sure this is a silly question, but is it possible to just use those ph testing strips you cab get in the healthfood store to test saliva etc to get a general idea?
Is that totally crazy?
I happen to have some and I want to get some berry bushes in the ground so that’s the only reason why I ask.July 18, 2010 at 2:05 am #29541
Did you try? Just curious to know if it worked. I would guess that it might not work because the soil is not a liquid, and I’m not sure that just adding water would give an accurate idea of the pH; plus you would need to know the pH of the water to begin with… Or could you use distilled water?
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