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How to Test Your Garden Soil

A soil sciences student works the soil in his section of garden at North Carolina State University's Agroecology Farm. Play Video

Ever wonder “what’s the best way to fertilize my garden”? Silly question. We all have!

It starts with testing your soil. Watch as Extension horticulture expert and gardening guru, Jeana Myers, demonstrates how to test garden soil for levels of plant nutrients, minerals, pH and acidity, and more. We’ll help you make the most informed decision, optimize your garden results and protect the environment by minimizing excessive use of fertilizers – not a bad place to start, right?

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Developed especially for Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers and home gardening enthusiasts, the North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook is an award-winning resource for research-based gardening and landscaping information. If you live and grow in North Carolina or the Southeast, this is your must-have gardener’s guide. Dig up more soil and plant resources in the online version of the N.C. Extension Gardener Handbook.