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What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

Posted by albert_135 Sunset 2 or 3 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 31, 12 at 14:18

Google finds 504 places where "good, reliable soil test" has been used on this forum but I cannot find where it is described.


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

The linked site might be a pretty good one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sample Soil tests


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

I would say it is a lab that follows the Albrecht model, others might say it is any land-grant U lab.


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I agree, Pat.

Here is a link that might be useful: A Nice Read


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

If you like soil mineralizing you may find something here.,

Here is a link that might be useful: Body Minerals


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I`ve been thinking of buying that soil minerals book wayne. I may see if i can get it at the library first. Does anybody here have it?


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

To me it implies sending a sample to a professional laboratory. Rather than buying an instant kit (which often don't work well or accurately), or smelling, tasting, or just looking at it, or dancing in a circle three times and sacrificing a chicken to get the answers.


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

I had a soil laboratory at university 1968 or so. I don't remember hearing "Albrecht" but reading a couple of websites that was apparently what I was taught back then.


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So no chicken sacrifices then?


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It's a free country so go right ahead! The chicken or any leftover parts are even compostable if done right. I'm just not recommending it for divining soil amendments. :-]


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RE: What is a ''good, reliable soil test''?

Check with your state universities Cooperative Extension Service office to see if they offer a soil test. Many do, some don't. Inexpensive, but reliable and your county horticultural agent should make recommendations about what might be needed based on the results.
If your state university does not there are others that will.


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