How do I go about testing my soil?

February 04, 2010|By Ellen Nibali | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Question: Please send me a soil test kit. I want to test my vegetable garden and lawn. Do I need two kits? Are they complicated? I want to get this done right away, but I've never done it before.

Answer: The soil test "kit" we offer consists of instructions on how to choose a soil test laboratory, a chart of labs in our region, and a sturdy bag to mail your soil sample to the lab. The information is all on our Web site, and you do not need a special bag to mail a soil sample - a sandwich baggie works just fine. Yes, you need to send separate sample for each type of growing area. Before you start, look at the new video on our website which demonstrates the correct way to take a good sample from your soil.

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