Today I’ll try to get some soil collected and start preparing it to send out for a soil test. I’ve never tested the bed adjacent to the house. Its important to check it for lead, as well as nutrients I may need to adjust.
I’ll collect a small sample from 10 or 12 locations in the bed. They all get mixed together in a bowl and I’ll leave the bowl uncovered for a few days to dry out, stirring it now and then. Then one cup of the soil goes into a labeled zip-lock baggie and is sent out.
I was going to wait until I got my community plot assignment and do both at the same time. But since that’s not until April 12, I think I’ll go ahead with this bed now.
Here’s a link to my last soil test results for my raised bed area (two years ago). Here’s a link showing my baggie full of dirt from the last sample. I sent my sample to Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Mass. Here’s the brochure with collection instructions, prices and the mailing address. It was just over a week for the results to come back, if I remember right.
Like last time, I will have them do the Standard Soil Test w/ Organic Matter (option C) for $13.00 per sample.