Soil Sample Testing with Amendment Recommendations

Craig Lembke and the Lembke Farm have a long history of working with a variety of growers to assist them in getting the most from their cultivated acreage, specialty crops and gardens using traditional and advanced organic methods.  Soil Sample Testing with relevant recommendations (Sustainable, Biodynamic and Organic whenever possible) continues to be a service of Lembke Farm.

  

S1A (Basic): Organic Matter, Available Phosphorus (P1 Weak Bray and P2 Strong Bray) Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Hydrogen, Soil pH, Buffer Index (pH), cation Exchange Capacity, Percent (%) Base Saturation of cation Elements.                                                                                                                 

S1A:  $26  checks need to be made out to Craig Lembke

S3C:  Everything in S1A above: Organic Matter, Available Phosphorus (P1 Weak Bray and P2 Strong Bray) Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Hydrogen, Soil pH, Buffer Index (pH) , cation Exchange Capacity, Percent (%) Base Saturation of cation Elements.   PLUS  Soluble Salts, Sodium and Excess Lime AND Sulfur, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Boron.                                                                                                                                    

S3C:  $40  checks need to be made out to Craig Lembke 


PLEASE  As it says below--Send us a FULL HEAPING CUP FULL OF SOIL -->JUST SHORT OF A Sandwich bag FULL

Mail in your sample with payment: Craig Lembke, 3107 Route 39, Forestville, NY 14062

To let us know you're sending a sample or for questions:  clfert@hotmail.com     or     Call: 716 672 2367


Here's how it works on results:     The Test results will come to you directly as soon as the soil test is done.  When you get them, send us an email with a phone number and some times that will be good to reach you at that number and we'll call you to review and go over them, make suggestions and discuss any thoughts or concerns you have.


A little advice on Collecting Samples
Lawn or Garden:  The area to sample for  gardens is just the soil where the plants are growing.   Collect a few small 'cores' randomly from around the area .  Sample (and test) gardens, lawns, and landscaped areas separately.  You should also sample problem areas and areas with shrubs, trees, or flower beds separately.  Do not sample: • compost areas, • under the drip-line of trees, or • close to driveways or streets. To take a soil sample,  its best to do so by taking several 6"-8" deep 'cores' which add up to about one pint. Let the sample dry completely at room temperature keep turning it until completely dry, and don't try and speed it up by heating it. Put the sample in a zip-lock bag (please double bag it, just in case something breaks open).SOIL NEEDS TO BE A FULL SANDWICH BAG A HEAPING CUP---  Please, don't overfill container or bag to bursting.
Fields:  For large field areas, multiple samples should be taken, air dried until they can be crumbled and then mixed.  Areas with unique conditions should be sampled and tested separately.
Sample Depth
One commonly overlooked component of soil sampling is the depth of soil to be tested. Most plant nutrients accumulate at the soil surface. This nutrient stratification is a result of past broadcast fertilizer applications and decomposition of plant residue on the soil surface. Because there is a higher concentration of nutrients on the soil surface, soil test values usually go down as the sample depth is increased. To obtain accurate and consistent (between different years) results, samples ought to be taken to the following depths for these areas:

  • Tilled Areas—Take soil cores to the depth of the tillage operation (usually 6 to 8 inches).
  • Non- or Reduced-Tilled Areas—Take soil cores to a depth of 3 to 4 inches for pastures, no-till planting (where fertilizer or lime remains on the soil surface), and minimum-till planting (where fertilizer is incorporated only in the surface 1 to 2 inches).
  • Lawns and Turfgrasses—Collect soil cores to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.


Although we no longer supply the full range of soil amendments and organic fertilizers, we will do our best to help you identify and find the amendments and/or fertilizers you need.