Here's one of our most popular posts from the archives. If you are a new gardener or gardening in a new spot, it's well worth it to get your soil tested to ensure happy plants and bountiful harvests.
I've always thought that getting your soil tested was going to be somehow difficult and arcane. But I've had some challenges growing things since moving here (namely like a non-blooming hydrangea). So since Julie said it's a good idea, I've decided to give it a try. I visited the UVM Extension Service website.
And downloaded this form to fill out.
And scooped some dirt into a bag.
It's best to take samples from multiple places, digging in the first 6" of soil, mix up the various handfuls of soilin a bucket, and select your soil test sample from this mixture. It gives the soil test people a better idea of the overall make-up of your soil. Make sure the bucket and spade are very, very clean.
Tomorrow I'll send the dirt and $18 to UVM. And in 10 - 14 days I'll get back a recommendation of what I should add to my soil to grow what what we're planning.
In the meantime, I'm watching as the plants blossom, and unfurl, and grow.
Beautiful RWP pansy.
The last day of last year's inedible sorrel. Tomorrow I'm ripping it out to make room for the currant bushes when they come, and will throw the leaves into a Greek-flavored braise I'm making.