Testing the Health of Garden Soil

Doreen G. Howard shares information on testing the health of garden soil and a kit from Solvita Garden Care that will provide accurate results.

| June/July 2003

Testing the health of garden soil is an important part of good crops.

Testing the health of garden soil is an important part of good crops.


Learn about testing the health of garden soil for good crops.

Testing the Health of Garden Soil: How Alive is Your Soil?

You can test the health of your soil food web with a Solvita Garden Care Kit. The kit assesses the soil's biological health by measuring how much carbon dioxide the soil food web produces. You just put a soil sample into the plastic jar, add a paddle coated with a gel that changes color when exposed to carbon dioxide, put on the lid and wait 24 hours. Then, compare the color of the gel to a color chart in the kit. If the test shows low activity, the kit tells what steps to take to improve your soil.

The Garden Care Kit also includes similar tests to assess the quality and maturity of your compost. Each kit sells for $23.50 plus shipping, and includes materials for three soil tests and three compost tests. To order click here.

2/9/2009 10:19:00 PM

I have been research soil for the last month or so(spring will come)for ways to create a more fertile soil. I read through a number of good sites and did learn a lot about soil that confirmed what I already knew ie the typical system of adding various materials to your existing soil followed by DIGGING IN. I have followed that process in the past with intermittent success. So I was very excited when I found your EXCELLENT site discussing the pros of using cover crops to sustain the fertility of soil and the process of building a new garden on top of the existing one without digging the new and old beds together. I need look no further THANK YOU FOR THIS FREE INFORMATION I can hardly wait for spring! I do remember my mother rotating her garden to use the nitrogen enriched soil created from her pea crops..... Val Stirling

mother earth news fair


Oct. 21-22, 2017
Topeka, KS.

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!