For Christmas I got one of those small kits that test the soil using a chemical enclosed in capsules. The one I got does Ph, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash. And today I gave it a spin, and this is my results.
Ph - 7.25
N - 0
P - 0
K* - low
These results were horrible. I did plenty of video watching and review reading to find that this may not be to inaccurate? I want to know if I did something wrong here. And to help people understand what I did I listed the steps below.
1) Gather 15 samples from around my garden (it is large) and mixed it in a ice cream pale
2) Put some directly in the test tube (Ph), added capsule and filled with water to line specified in the directions. Let sit
3) mixed rest of dirt 1:5 (dirt:water) and let settle. Took the clean-ish water at top and added to test tube half way, added capsule and filled rest of the way. Let sit for 10 min
Basically all I did. I did make sure everything got shaken well so I wasn't "testing the surface" of the dirt.
I want to include that my dad added a few years worth of ash from the wood stove to the garden, he stopped 6 yrs ago and am wondering if that is part of the problem.
So to conclude what went wrong? What did I do or are these tests simply to cheap?
*I think this is the letter for potash