Hi giant pumpkin growers

This is the second part to the soil testing series, the first part can be read over here

How to take the sample

Soil testing as the name implies is a test that involves soil.  It will get analysed and you will get the result back showing the make up of your sample you submitted.  Taking the sample is relatively easy, you just need to get a good representative sample of the area.

Make sure you follow the instructions you get with your pack, or ask the people doing the test if you have any questions, the people at Hill Laboratories were great in explaining everything to me.

I was also able to borrow a horticultural auger to take my samples with, this is what one of them look like:

Soil Test Auger


While this might be really handy for some locations, for others it is a pain, you’ll see me talking about it in the video below.

Once you have enough samples, usually between 15-20 you package them up, send them in, and wait for the results.

In part 3 of soil testing, I will show you the results I received, what I think it means, and what I might be doing to the soil.