Flunking the soil test
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Nanine Hartzenbusch
I have a confession to make.
I have been a serious gardener for almost 20 years and, I am ashamed to say, I have never had my soil tested.
It is the very first thing a gardener is supposed to do, and yet I bet only a handful of gardeners ever do it.
That's because. I think, most of us don't know how to sample our soil.
I never understood how taking a sample from one spot in the garden was going to tell me anything about the rest of the garden. And I had no idea what I was going to do with the information.
Thanks to the advice of Chuck Schuster of the University of Maryland Extension in Montgomery County, I think I can actually do this. And I now understand that I should.
Here is his advice.