Soil Testing

How do you know what your soil needs unless you know what your soil has!

You can buy soil test kits or you can use your state’s Cooperative Extension laboratory to have your soil analyzed.

The Extension Foundation maintains a list of all the state extension offices which can be found

Each state does things a little differently – for example, if you contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, they will send you a soil sample box which you will send to Virginia Tech filled with your soil sample.

Not sure how you should collect your soil for a soil test –

I wouldn’t do my soil sampling when the ground is too wet – not only will you pay more postage to send the wet soil to the lab but the container may fall apart in transit – plus the lab is not going to do anything with the sample until it dries out.