Soil

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  1. miraflores

    miraflores Total Gardener

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    Is there anywhere I can send a sample of soil to know the exact composition? Thanks.
     
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      While a RHS test may give interesting results, it is of course only valid for the small area the sample was taken from.

      Depending on the size and location of your garden you could have quiet different parameters from one side to the other.

      Think I would also try and do some of the more basic soil tests from several different locations.

      First a simple PH test kit, then a soil sample mixed in clear jar of water and left to settle where it will show different layers of gravel, sand,silt etc.

      Digging a hole as seeing how much water it retains /drains etc.

      Even the simplest of tests, getting a handful of soil and seeing what happens when you squeeze and release it.

      All these methods well documented online for you to follow and try.
       
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        Gardeners rarely need detailed soil analysis. A simple pH soil test is usually sufficient for most gardening. We've never done a soil test on our garden but would do so if we wanted to grow plants that were soil specific. :)
         
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          ok I will get a ph measuring kit.
           
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