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Post  dstack on 5/20/2017, 2:09 pm

I just got the soil tested in my beds. It's my first ever professionally tests, and now I know the deficiencies and what I need to do to correct it. I also found the pH is a slightly too high, which confirmed what I already suspected. Surprisingly my nitrogen and potassium was almost non existent, while phosphorus and calcium was off the charts. Not sure why, but glad I know now, and now I know why my beets and swiss chard ALL died, and my cukes all died prematurely as well. 


The report gives two recommendations depending on if you go organic or conventional.  The organic recommendation is a 1-0-1 fertilizer.  So that's what I'll be looking for.  I'm open to recommendations of course.  Very Happy


The kits I got are Soil Savvy by Unibest, which run about $25 per kit. They were simple to use...




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Post  sanderson on 5/20/2017, 2:46 pm

Dstack, The test looks like it is for dirt and not soil-less mix. Apples, not oranges?? Not to say that the test results were not indicative of what is going on with your Mel's Mix. Early on, Camp recommended U of Mass lab for soil-less testing. $15 each sample. Just make sure the "soil-less" box is checked.

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Post  dstack on 5/20/2017, 3:32 pm

@sanderson wrote:Dstack,  The test looks like it is for dirt and not soil-less mix.  Apples, not oranges??   Not to say that the test results were not indicative of what is going on with your Mel's Mix.  Early on, Camp recommended U of Mass lab for soil-less testing.  $15 each sample.  Just make sure the "soil-less" box is checked.  
That's good to know.  I got these kits free from work so there's no loss there. I want to call Unibest and ask them about the soil-less MM.  I'm not sure how that would make a difference, but I'll look into that. Thanks Sanderson!
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Post  dstack on 5/22/2017, 3:45 pm

@sanderson wrote:Dstack,  The test looks like it is for dirt and not soil-less mix.  Apples, not oranges?? ...

I just got off the phone with Unibest.  The guy explained that they get asked this question all the time.  He said that they use a newer technology that works the same across the board regardless if it's a soil-less medium or not. Conventional tests use chemical extractions, while Unibest uses a resin platform and nutrient ratios. Their technology overview is explained better here...  https://unibestinc.com/technology/

I'm just glad to know what my beds need more of, and what they don't.   Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2017, 3:29 am

Interesting.

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Post  dstack on 5/27/2017, 9:52 pm

@sanderson wrote:Interesting.
My two favorite YouTube gardeners talk about the Soil Savvy test at the top of this video.  John Kohler explains it better...

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