Sunday, April 22, 2012

Soil Test

Today we tested our soil for the raspberries.  I found a home kit and thought not.  Just for funsies right? 

          Wrong!  Wrong in a sense that it's important and I'm really glad I did it.  According to the soil tests, we have a surplus of potash and potassium and our pH level is about 6.0.  So far good, so good!  Now for the bad news, our nitrogen levels were low.  We have added manure so I'm not sure why it's so low.  Low nitrogen levels don't surprise me, however.  Our raspberries weren't doing so hot.  One seems dead, and the other seems to be teetering on the edge.

          After a quick online search, I have decided to try using blood meal to raise the nitrogen levels.  I will also hold off on adding wood chips until the plants have established themselves and the nutrient levels have balanced out.  Hopefully since we used a different soil for the garden area, we won't have a nitrogen problem there (how's that for wishful thinking).  I have a feeling that this first year of gardening at the new place is going to be a lot of trial and error, emphasis on error.  Any suggestions are welcome and would be much appreciated.


  1. Where did you get your kit and how much did it cost?

    I wish I could give you lots of great advice, but we are going year to year finding out things too. Working on it can be interesting and fun, but can also be frustrating too.

    The first year we planted our fisrt REAL veggie garden, it was fabulous and we didn't do a darn thing to the soil. Second year we still didn't do anything to the soil and everything bombed except the potatoes, onion and carrot.

    We did compost pits and have our first bin of the "good stuff" to put into our garden. Hopefully it's enough.... fingers crossed and praying!

  2. I purchased the soil kit at our local hardware store (Do It Best) and if I remember right, it was around $20. The kit comes with enough capsules to do 40 tests (10 of each).


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