Free soil tests available for gardeners in King Countyon July 11, 2013 @ 2:54 pm (Updated: 4:36 pm - 7/11/13 )
The King Conservation District, which covers most all of King County, is offering free soil tests for residents.
"Folks will send in the sample. We mail them out to A & L Labs in Portland, Ore. and they'll do the analysis and they also do a recommendation," King Conservation District's Jay Mirro tells Gardening with Ciscoe host Ciscoe Morris.
Mirro says the Conservation District will also include a test interpretation guide so that you can make appropriate adjustments to make your soil a more ideal environment for growth.
"Soil testing is a great way to kind of get a snapshot of what is going on in your soils. We grow plants, maybe we add compost, maybe we add some fertilizer, and the plants live and grow and make our vegetables or fruits and some plants will die. But with a soil test, you can kind of see, OK how did I do? Did I put too much fertilizer on? Do I need more?" says Mirro.
The program is offering five free soil tests per each King County address. The tests should give you a better idea of the level of fertilizer you should be using or any other agents you may need to make your garden really grow.