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Slide show: How to take a soil sample

By: Garden Gate staff
People used to taste their soil to determine its pH. If it had a sweet taste, it was alkaline. A sour taste meant it was acid.

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People used to taste their soil to determine its pH. If it had a sweet taste, it was alkaline. A sour taste meant it was acid. Now you can use a kit to test your soil at home (find out how) or you can send a sample to a lab for a more in-depth analysis. Check your local extension for labs in your area.

Whether you do a soil test through a lab or with a home-test kit, collecting the sample is similar. Here’s how to gather soil from your lawn or garden:

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For more great garden tips and solutions, see Easy Weekend Garden Solutions, at right!

Published: April 12, 2011
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