We’ll be testing for soil pH only. For more extensive tests you will need to
go to the UMass Soil Testing Lab.
A donation of $1 per sample is requested.
• to optimize plant growth.
• to protect the environment from contamination by runoff and leaching of excess fertilizers.
• to aid in the diagnosis of plant culture problems.
• to improve the soil’s nutritional balance.
• to save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of lime and fertilizer needed.
Springfield Farmers Market at Forest Park - Every Tuesday, 12:30 - 6 pm.
Amherst Farmers Market every Saturday in May and June, from 9 am to noon on the Amherst Town Common
Greenfield Farmers Market Sat May 28, Sat June 11 Town common area, center if town
Westfield Farmer's Market Thursdays from 1:30 - 5:30 Goodwill Parking Lot - 47 Franklin St. (Route 20 headed west), June 16 - July 28
Chicopee Farmers Market -- Every Wednesday starting July 6th -- Time -- TBA but usually from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
South Hadley Farmers Market, Thursdays, 6/2-7/7, but not on 6/16, from 3pm-6pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden any Monday 9-12 center house
Shutesbury Farmers Market - June 4, 9 am to noon
How to sample your soil for testing by the WMMGA
1. When soils are distinctly different or growing different types of plants
(ex. lawns, vegetables), sample separately.
2. Areas where there is poor growth should be tested separately.
3. Using a trowel or spade, take thin slices of the soil at locations evenly spaced in your lawn or garden as indicated below. For small areas, use fewer slices; for large areas, use more slices.
KIND OF CROP
# OF SLICES TO SAMPLE
Lawns 10 or more top 3-4 inches
Flowers, Vegetables and Small Fruits 10 or more top 6-8 inches
Put slices of soil into a large, clean plastic container or bag and mix thoroughly. Take about one cup of soil mixture and put in a small plastic bag or container. Allow to dry if possible, especially if muddy. Label each sample.
Avoid taking soil which has recently been limed or fertilized.