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dun1kirk
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2007
4:14 PM

Post #4195987

Yes, it's been on my list for a LONG time. I'll do it this month. Can you refer me to a company that will provide a complete test?
Thanks.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2007
4:19 PM

Post #4196002

Check with your county extension office, most od them do testing.

Paul
dun1kirk
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2007
4:23 PM

Post #4196012

I've tried that. Believe it or not, they told me to just obtain a home test. So, if you know of a reputable company to refer me, I would appreciate it.
Thanks

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #4196084

Her's a link to a company, I've never used them but a couple of folks have and been happy with the results.

Paul

http://store.midwestlabs.com/
wgnkiwi
Burlingame, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2007
5:02 PM

Post #4196133

The county extension offices here in the San Francisco Bay Area don't offer soil testing. I believe we are one of the very few areas in the country that are missing out on this service. I've made attempts to have my soil tested before but the fees charged by the private laboratories make it prohibitive. Thanks for the link to MidWest Labs - they are offering a free first time test and their prices are great.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2007
6:11 PM

Post #4196311

Your welcome

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

November 16, 2007
1:51 AM

Post #4198031

Paul, do you have a home test? I'm curious about their accuracy. I would like to see the results from the Extension vs. the home test. Thanks for the article.

Victor
geneivy
Kyle, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2007
3:05 AM

Post #4198334

Paul, do you have any knowledge of the "PH meters" for the hobbiest such as the Rapitest unit and are they of any value?

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2007
12:55 PM

Post #4199131

I've never used a home test.
For the low cost the extension charges plus the recommendations they provide I never saw a reason to try it my self.

Paul

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

November 16, 2007
12:56 PM

Post #4199134

Thanks - our extension charge is not low.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2007
2:04 PM

Post #4199333

How much do they charge?

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

November 16, 2007
4:04 PM

Post #4199784

I haven't done it in a while but there were two tests available - a reasonably priced simple pH test and a more expensive (don't remember how much) nutrient analysis.
geneivy
Kyle, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2007
4:26 PM

Post #4199906

Paul, I know there are some VERY expensive PH meters but the "rapidtest" is about $30. We propagate plants, our native soil is very alkaline, and we use lots of raised beds. The extension service charges $12 for the kind of test you describe so it is cost prohibitive for as many beds as we would need to do. Thanks for your input. Gene
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2007
6:18 PM

Post #4200298

I wonder if Lowe's or Home Depot sell tests?

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2007
7:03 PM

Post #4200455

Probably in the spring and summer. Our Lowe's garden dept is all Christmas stuff now.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2007
7:46 PM

Post #4200599

Ooooo, that's right--forgot about that! Haven't been in there for a while.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2010
6:28 AM

Post #8174652

You can go to any mail order gardening site and get a soil test kit now or for Christmas.
madge4500
belleville
Canada

June 2, 2013
3:49 PM

Post #9543521

I had my soil tested and I'm working with it organically, but I have a section of Rhododendrons that don't seem very happy, I did home soil tests with vinegar and with soda, both bubbled and fizzed, now I'm totally confused, my rhodos are getting yellow which would suggest alkaline soil, what should I do?

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2013
3:55 PM

Post #9547683

What did the professional test indicate pH wise?

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