Soil Testing and Garden Answers at Barrington Farm School
Test your Soil at the Farm
Public · Hosted by Barrington Farm School and URI Cooperative Extension. Sampling Instructions:
If you would like your soil tested please bring in soil samples (limit of 3 at a time) taken 4-5″ deep from various parts of a bed or lawn. You will want to collect the samples of soil at the plant or lawn root zone (around 6″ deep). You should be gathering about a 1/2 cup amount from several sites within the same area to be tested. Mix them together, allow the soil to dry overnight on newspaper. Next, place 1 cup of the mix in a paper bag or clean container and label it. Collect separate samples from different areas on your property such as vegetable gardens, lawns and flower gardens.
Rhode Island Master Gardeners conduct free soil testing to help determine your soil pH levels and textures, and will also provide recommendations for gradual correction of your soil problems. Volunteers will also provide basic recommendations soil problems. This service is provided for free at the farm on May 19th.