Preparing for a soil test

The Cycle of Soil Improvement

Preparing to mineralize your soil…

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in balancing the minerals in your soil so that you may grow nutrient dense food. We find the intricacies of soil analysis fascinating, but we recognize that many people need help determining what their soil needs.

We’ve developed an online app, OrganiCalc, that will provide you with a list of recommended soil amendments, based on the results of your soil test, to balance the minerals in your soil. We only recommend amendments that may be found on the OMRI list of approved materials for organic certification.

Which soil test lab should I use?

Soil test methods vary. Different labs get different results using the same test procedure on the same soil. The recommendations given by OrganiCalc are tuned to the Mehlich 3 soil test procedure as done by Logan Labs.

But before you decide which soil test lab to use, make sure your soil is not “fizzy”. Most aren’t, but if yours is, you’ll need to handle it differently.

Do I have fizzy soil?

How to do a fizz test

I have fizzy soil, now what?

My soil isn’t fizzy. Where do I get the Logan Labs forms?

If you are going to use Logan Labs, download their worksheet here:

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