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March 8, 2013MO |  By: Lawson

Soil Testing

The University of Missouri Extension suggests soil testing as the best way to discover your garden's specific needs.

Associate Professor of Plant Sciences David Trinklein says a basic soil test report will include information about soil PH, organic matter content and the availability of key nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. He adds sampling and testing soil is an important first priority.

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Trinklein says soil tests for home gardens and farm fields are available through county Extension Centers. For more information on soil sampling and spring gardening, you can visit