Call the URI Master Gardener Hotline
Monday-Thursday from 9am-2pm
at 1-800-448-1011 (RI only) March through October or email throughout the year.
Free soil testing is also performed by URI Master Gardeners Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am to 1pm. The pH of your soil will be analyzed and recomendations, if necessary, will be provided. Please plan on waiting about 15 minutes while your sample is being tested. We welcome your garden questions while you wait!
A limit of two samples per person is permitted. Collect 1 cup of dry soil from 6 inches below the surface in several locations within the garden to be tested.
Knowing the pH of your gardens is an important part of creating a successful garden. pH impacts nutrient availability for all plants.
If a more commprehensive soil test is necessary, please visit University of Massachusetts soil testing website and follow directions.