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This is the test we'll do with the soil samples you'll collect and send us using the Dig-It Yourself Soil Health Test Kit:
Microscopic examination of soil samples to determine the total biomass of beneficial soil microbes that are present in the soil samples and play a critical role in soil nutrient cycling and improving soil health.
Total Fungal biomass and diversity assessment
Total Bacterial biomass and diversity assessment
Total Protozoan biomass and diversity assessment
Total Nematode biomass and diversity assessment
Total Actinobacterial biomass assessment
Total Microarthropod tabulation
Perfect for new gardens and home landscape projects
Get your Qualitative test results PLUS know how well your soil is performing. Learn how to improve soil health to grow nutrient-dense foods. The Quantitative test examines soil samples to determine the total active biomass of beneficial soil microbes that are actively performing their natural ecological roles in the process of soil nutrient cycling and improving soil health.
All Qualitative test items, plus:
Active Fungal biomass and diversity assessment
Active Bacterial biomass and diversity assessment
Perfect for organic gardeners and gardeners who want to reduce the effects of climate change
Need more bags?
Sampling larger areas may require extra bags.
Dig-It Yourself Soil Health Testing Kits contain one sampling bag that can be used to collect a total of 7 to 8 soil samples (about 35-40 grams of soil) gathered from a 1m² sampling area (1 meter x 1 meter area).
If your garden or sampling area is larger than 1m² and you would like to collect and send additional soil samples, you can order more sampling bags using this simple formula: 1 sampling bag per 1m² sampling area.
Collecting more soil samples from a larger area provides a broader opportunity to learn more about the overall soil health conditions.
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Compost Maturity Test
Decomposing organic matter in compost naturally releases CO2 and NH3 gases that can be measured to determine compost maturity. Compost that has not fully matured can create a number of problems for gardeners such as: potentially harming plants due to phytotoxicity caused by molecules that have not fully decayed; releasing foul odours caused by anaerobic conditions; and harbouring non-beneficial soil microbes and insect larvae responsible for causing a variety of plant diseases. Compost that has properly matured is nutrient dense and highly desirable for plants.
Compost Maturity Index Measurement
Useful for gardeners producing compost. Find when your compost is most nutrient dense and Learn the best time to spread your compost on plants
CO2 Burst Analysis
CO2 respiration is an accurate indicator of biological processes occurring in healthy soils. Measurements of CO2 respiration indicate microbial biomass present in the soil samples. CO2 respiration also functions as an important estimate for calculating carbon sequestration.
Soil CO2 Respiration measurement