Soil Testing in the Demo Garden
We are slowly wrapping things up in the garden for the year. Of course, many of the lettuces and other cool season vegetables will keep on growing until we have temperatures consistently below 28 degrees. One of our end-of-the-year projects this year is taking soil tests of the different garden beds. We haven’t done soil tests for several years, and I’ve been unhappy with the health and growth of the plants in the Family of 4 Garden particularly this year.
One of the Master Gardeners is working on collecting soil for one sample. She is taking 6-8 scoops of soil to a depth of 6-8″ randomly around the garden and mixing them in a bucket. We sampled each raised bed separately.
For most of the raised beds, we will be doing our normal test: pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Organic Matter.
For the Family of 4 Garden, we will be testing pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Organic Matter, Magnesium, Manganese, and Boron. The reason we are testing the additional 3 elements is because of the strange growth of some of the tomato plants. The fall beets have also been growing poorly. Beets are one of few vegetables that are very sensitive to a deficiency in Boron. Hence the Boron test. It will be interesting to see our results!