Good Garden Soil begins with testing your garden soil to find a starting point for your efforts.

Soils differ in infinite varieties of characteristics and composition.

Garden Soil Composition varies with the arrangement of sand, silt, and clay particles, content of organic matter and minerals. Testing garden soil and interpreting soil sample tests are the first steps to discovering what our garden has to offer, or not... So, the first question you might ask is, "How do you test garden soil?"

There are four methods of taking a garden soil test.

  1. Extension Office Soil Tests -
  2. Consumer Soil Sample Test Kits -
  3. Garden Soil Testing Laboratory -
  4. Garden Soil Test Meter -

soils are broken down into four basic soil types or garden soil definitions.

interpreting soil sample tests and insuring your herb garden soil contains recommended nutrients

Most garden supply stores, whether local or online, have for sale inexpensive, safe and easy to use soil tests kits. Typical Soil Test Kits will provide a relatively accurate garden soil profile.

The results from types of soil tests include a summary of the available nutrients represented by the three numbers seen on all fertilizer containers:

Keep in mind that altering the pH in your herb garden soil takes time. Be patient and don't expect rapid changes. Work steadily towards giving your herb plants the ideal soil in your herb garden, for a bountiful harvest.

Soil Testing provides critical information, without which the herb gardener has no starting point from which to treat and enrich the herb garden soil.

Each of our garden suppliers has accurate information regarding organic fertilizer or chemical fertilizers and the advantages or disadvantages of each when used with the various soil types in your area.

Annual Soil Testing, whether  Extension Office soil tests or quality soil test kits, are the basis for any successful herb garden or herb growing enterprise.

Find out how simple and easy it is to soil test your herb garden soil!