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Old 02-27-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Default Soil testing

Does anyone know if the county, gardening associations (if there are any), or any of the colleges do soil testing for their residents for a small fee? I'd like to do some planting but would like to plot it out correctly according to the soil needs. I know back up in NY we could take a sample to the local cooperative extension and they'd tell you what you need nutrient wise, etc. Not sure if we have that same possibility here.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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SC's agricultural extension agency is administered by Clemson U, with offices in each county. We've used them for soil testing numerous times, with good results. When we ran into some strange results, we found both the local agents and experts at Clemson were more than willing to discuss the results and recommendations with us. Interestingly, they didn't always agree with the printed recommendations on the testing results. After you do the test, I think some of the recommendations were computer generated, so it never hurts to discuss them with a real, live person.

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Old 02-27-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Thanks, PD! Not sure if EVERYONE'S backyard is sand, but every single part of our property is sandy. Not sure if there's soil under it or not, but from what I've seen so far, doesn't look like it. Been on NGA Plant Finder :: National Gardening Association for hours today. Excellent site! Let's you put in what kind of soil, sun/shade, zone, etc. Will sort out plants, trees, etc for you according to your needs. Normally I do a large herb garden, but want to try to do something new!
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