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Post  Bart on 7/12/2015, 11:35 am

Hi Folks,

Getting to the point that some of my plants are doing okay and some are not. Next step seems to be testing the soil. What are your recommendations for a good Soil Testing Kit?

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Post  camprn on 7/12/2015, 3:03 pm

Send it out to a lab for best results.

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Post  boffer on 7/12/2015, 3:39 pm

For your consideration: The conclusion by Consumer Reports on home soil tests

... our tests of six home-use soil-test kits found them returning inaccurate or inconsistent results.
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Re: Soil Testing Kit, Recommendations

Post  Pollinator on 7/12/2015, 9:14 pm

The kits you buy are not very accurate, and only test for the three basic nutrients. There are many more nutrients that are impotant in growing. I highly recommend that you take a soil sample to your county extension office and let them send them off for a complete test. This costs $6 here in South Carolina, and is well worth the cost. I have a complete analysis and recommendations back by e-mail in about four days each time I do it. I usually do 3-4 tests per year, and the information is of great value. Without it, you are shooting in the dark.
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