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Invitation to gardeners: have your soil analyzed


An invitation to have your soil analyzed.

What do groundhogs know? Spring will be here before you know it, which means that it's time for the Geneva College Chemistry Society to analyze lawn and garden soil samples as a service to area residents. Soil samples will be accepted from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27.

Only the first 100 samples will be accepted for analysis. Soil samples can be delivered to room 210 in the Science & Engineering (S&E) Building of Geneva College.

To obtain a sample from your lawn or garden, use a clean trowel to dig up a "plug" of soil that goes from the surface to about six inches in depth. A more representative sample is obtained if several "plugs" are taken and mixed together. It is best if soil can be obtained when it is fairly dry (if possible). Spread the soil sample on a newspaper to dry indoors for at least 24 hours, mix thoroughly and break up lumps, and place about one cup into a plastic bag. Label the bag with your name and address. If a plot has a problem area, it may be advisable to obtain a separate sample from this area.

Soil will be tested for pH, potassium content, and phosphorous content. The pH is a measure of the acidity of the soil. Potassium and phosphorus are fertilizer nutrients needed by plants. Results will be mailed out in late April.

The Geneva Chemistry Society is accepting a donation of two dollars per sample to defray the costs of analysis. Samples should be identified with a contact name, address and phone number. Any questions regarding soil testing should be directed to Kerry McMahon at 724-847-6722.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).