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Sayan128

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soil analysis
« on: June 16, 2017, 08:21:42 PM »
How accurate are the home kits for soil analysis? I recently tested both my veggie bed which was a potting soil/compost/touch of peat moss mix (supplied by my landscaper...who knows what quality he got) and also my native soil where all my fruit trees are sitting in. My native soil is a total clay soil. Veggie bed came back totally nitrogen and phosphorous depleted whereas my clay soil seemed fine in everything except for of course that it's unfortunately not draining very well. Do you guys trust the home kits or send out for professional analysis?

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Re: soil analysis
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 09:00:44 PM »
The home kits are normally extremely inaccurate.
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Re: soil analysis
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2017, 06:50:13 PM »
Clay can bind and hold a lot more minerals than your typical potting soil so your results sound reasonable. We always send out samples so I don't have any experience with the home kits but I have heard they are not very accurate. If you are looking for a soil lab we always use Kinsey Ag and have been very happy with them.

http://www.kinseyag.com/index.html

 

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