Testing your soil is very easy
The first task on the road to a healthy soil is the common ‘Soil Test’. Without this we are floundering in the dark or merely guessing what may be missing in our soil in terms of structure, biology and minerals.
The strongest, healthiest and most nutritious crops are grown in soils where its Cation Exchange Capacity is saturated to about 65% Calcium, 15% Magnesium, 4% Potassium and 1% to 5% Sodium. Calcium is very important as it tends to loosen soil, while Magnesium tightens it.
Once these levels have be achieved the pH of the soil will naturally stabilize around 6.4. This is the perfect soil pH not only for organic agriculture, but is also the ideal pH of the sap in a healthy plant and the pH saliva in a healthy human.
You can download the Dept. of Agricultures directions for taking soil samples here: http://www.gov.ns.ca/agri/qe/labserv/soilsamp.pdf
Send your soil sample to
Agriculture & Food Operations
176 College Road
Truro, NS B2N 2P3
Tel: (902) 893-6565
Fax: (902) 893-4193
E-mail: [email protected]
The test costs around $27 or $14 for a registered farm. You can download the form here
40 Schoolhouse Road Grosses Coques, Digby Co.
P.O. Box 39
phone: (902) 837-5143
Independent Organic and Soil Analysis
Please contact Perennia’s Organic and Rural Infrastructure Specialist:
Av Singh, Ph.D., P.Ag
Email: [email protected]
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For Biological Analysis outside Nova Scotia
The cost of a full biological report (carried out by Foodweb in Oregon) is $142.50 per assay (please click here), which includes mycohrizal colonization or $114 without.
Please contact us, if you would like us to check on the health of your orchard’s mineral and biological health.