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I have a sister that lives in South Jordan. She and her neighbor planted their gardens at the same time with the same type of soil. Her neighbors vegetables are thriving and my sisters are on the verge of death. What should she do and where can she have her soil tested?

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That's not an easy question to answer why one garden is doing well and the other is not but I can give you an answer to the soil sampling. - The link to

Utah State University Analytical Laboratories is
http://www.usual.usu.edu/

The form you need to fill out and information on how to sample can be found on the soil sampling form http://www.usual.usu.edu/forms/soilform.pdf . Mail your sample and form to the analytical lab in Logan and you should get results in less than 10 working days. The routine soil analysis is $14 which gives you results on pH, salinity, texture, phosphorous and potassium.  To understand the soil analysis, the webpage also has information on "What Next" http://www.usual.usu.edu/about/next/index.html

If you have specific plant problems, we hold a plant problem diagnostic clinic at our Salt Lake County office http://extension.usu.edu/saltlake/htm/directions,  on Mondays, from 1 to 4pm from June through August.  Master Gardeners are available for identifying problems and offering recommendations.

Posted on 30 Jul 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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