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Tests for various soil characteristics including nutritional and contaminant content.

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How can I measure the pH of my soil?

I was told to measure the pH of my soil to help identify some of the symptoms on my vegetable plants. Does anyone have recommendations of a device I can purchase to measure soil pH?
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How can I correct a nutrient excess in soil?

The soil sample I took last fall from my vegetable garden came back from the lab with this result: Optimum Range Calcium, Mehlich 3 (Ca) 2063 (...
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What type of tester works best for measuring soil pH? [duplicate]

I want to measure the pH of soil in my potted plants (especially for the dwarf citrus trees that I just bought). I've seen many different options: expensive laboratory-grade meters, cheap digital ...
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What are the best tools for testing soil?

I have a large pile of ashes from burning leaves, wood, limbs, pine straw etc, and I've read that ash can be helpful to plants if my soil pH is not over 7.5. How would you recommend that I test my ...
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Is it possible to do my own extensive soil/organic matter testing?

I've read the posts on soil testing, and I realize it's cheap and widely available through local universities, etc. Question: Is it possible to do my own soil testing? Are there some compounds that ...
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Should I do a soil test before or after amending soil?

I want to plant blackberries, raspberries, and a vegetable garden in the heavy clay soil in my backyard. So, I plan to heavily amend it by spreading 3" expanded shale and 6" of compost and working ...
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How to increase nitrogen and potassium at the same time?

I had my vegetable garden soil tested by a local university extension. (If it matters, I'm in the northeast US, zone 5.) The results indicated that the soil was deficient in nitrogen and potassium. ...
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What is my apple orchard soil type?

It's about three month that I have bought this orchard. I have have done Bottle test on my orchard soil. But my test results did not look like what I have seen in internet. So I decided to post my ...
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