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Agriculture Spotlight

Soil Sampling and Testing for the Home Landscape or Vegetable Garden

Soil testing is the most effective way to determine the nutrient status and pH of the soil in home landscape or vegetable garden.  Soil test are useful to determine whether fertilizer or lime applications are needed.  

In order to obtain reliable results from a soil test, the soil sample must be taken correctly.  You can contact your local ag agent to assist you in collecting the soil sample. 

Soil samples should be analyzed at the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory or other reputable laboratory.  All submitted soil samples should be submitted with a completed Landscape & Vegetable Garden Soil Test Information Form and the associated test fee.

Once the soil analysis is complete, a soil test report will be mailed.  For a quicker response, provide an email address and the report will be emailed. The report includes information about the pH and nutrient availability index for each soil sample. 

Soil should be submitted in special soil testing bags given to your local extension office and labeled according to the tested area of soil.  

If you have any questions or would like to know more information about soil testing, contact your local agriculture agent. 




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Emily Beach
Agricultural Agent


Phone: 386-294-1279

176 SW Community Circle
Mayo, Florida 32066