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Soil testing #745838

Asked April 23, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT

Hi :) I'm growing as a gardener. One of the things that I know is important but I don't know a lot about is amending the soil. I'm on a city lot in Salem....just put garden boxes in the back with good soil...but also tilled up a bed on the side of my house and wondered if there is a way to test the soil and see what it needs to be more productive.

Marion County Oregon

Expert Response

Greetings,

Thank you for reaching out. Below are three resources that will help guide your soil testing process. Pricing will vary depending on the lab and your testing needs, OSU is one of the options. The list of Analytical Labs breaks down which labs offer which tests as well as offers recommendations for making a decision. The Soil Test Interpretation Guide will help you to best understand and respond to the results.

• A Guide for Collecting Soil Samples for Testing https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec628

• Analytical Laboratories Serving Oregon; https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em8677

• Soil Test Interpretation Guide https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1478


Teagan Moran Replied April 23, 2021, 11:55 AM EDT

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