Soil Sample Testing for Garden Prep

— Written By and last updated by
en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

Have you ever taken a soil sample for testing before or has it been years since you’ve done one?

If you’ve never done one before the video below will talk you through the easy process in the just a few steps. If it’s been a couple years since a soil sample was taken, now would be a good time to do that. Taking soil samples every couple of years and keeping a record shows how much the pH might be changing and gives an idea of what kind of nutrients might be needed for the plants for the next growing season.

Visit this short video for info on how to take a soil sample and get it ready for you to ship it to the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agronomic Division Soil Testing Section, in Raleigh. Soil sample boxes and forms can be picked up at the following locations. Before visiting a location, you may want to verify that the items are available.

Beaufort Ace Home Center, 1511 Live Oak Street, Beaufort, 252-728-3111

The Friendly Market, Garden Center, 205 Friendly Road, MHC, 252-515-4671

Seventy West Landscape Supply, 4540 Arendell Street, MHC, 252-222-4446

Newport Garden Center, 291 Chatham St, Newport, 252-223-4120

Carolina Home & Garden, 4778 NC-24, Newport, NC 28570, 252-393-9004

Carteret County Government Western Office, 701 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, 252-222-5833 x 5665

Soil sample testing is $4 a box, however, April 1 until Thanksgiving there is no charge except for postage to the Agronomic Division in Raleigh.

If none of these locations are convenient for you, please call 252-222-5362 to make an appointment to pick-up a box and form at the Extension office in Morehead City.