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    I am wanting a soil test doing on my leek bed but have lost the address of the firm who does them. All I can remember is it is in York. Can anyone supply me with the full or email address.
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    I got a 2 pronged device from Wilkos for around £3. It tests pH & moisture levels. Hope this is of use.
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    I am afraid not. I want the soil testing for all the nutrients plus conductivity. The analysis will tell me exactly what to add and in what quantities. Thanks anyway

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    The only one I know in York is Soil Survey but they are really dedicated to agricultural tests not horticultural and charge accordingly. Not the sort of prices a GYOer could pay.
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    Ken, if the soil is simply going to be used to grow veg for personal comsumption surely one of the regular soil testing kits would be more suitable. Seem's like a bit of an expense to under go.

    There are some great kits on the market and there's always good old double digging the beds to have a good look at the soil

    I have tested my soil using a basic kit and know exactly whats going on in relation to quantities of chemicals etc

    But I think it's a gradual process improving your soil anyway, unless you have the money and resources to drastically change it in one go but still thats all going to be affected by the bedrock and the surrounding areas.

    I have found leeks extremely straight forward to grow during my first year as a GYO, what ever you decide to do, best of luck.

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    I know of 2 sites on the internet that do soil testing to the degree you wish. Think its the Lancrop Labratories that you are talking about though. They are based in York.

    Lancrop Laboratories

    and there is this one aswell.

    Mrs Crow's Soil Testing Services for Gardeners, Growers, Horse Owners - Soil Testing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwardo82 View Post
    Ken, if the soil is simply going to be used to grow veg for personal comsumption surely one of the regular soil testing kits would be more suitable. Seem's like a bit of an expense to under go.

    There are some great kits on the market and there's always good old double digging the beds to have a good look at the soil

    I have tested my soil using a basic kit and know exactly whats going on in relation to quantities of chemicals etc

    But I think it's a gradual process improving your soil anyway, unless you have the money and resources to drastically change it in one go but still thats all going to be affected by the bedrock and the surrounding areas.

    I have found leeks extremely straight forward to grow during my first year as a GYO, what ever you decide to do, best of luck.

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    I agree that for normal growing, a commercial testing kit is fine Edwardo. In fact I agree with everything you say. I grow some pretty weird stuff and test my pH with red cabbage water and regularly just dig up some soil and examine it by eye to make sure there are loads of mini-beasts in it and that it doesn't look too wet or dry etc., Does it look right? I don't even bother with commercial testers.

    But I suspect that if Ken is growing leeks in the North East that they are for exhibition and competition purposes. That is very serious stuff just to the north of here and he will want perfection.
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    Did not even think of the Competition side of Veg growing but you are probably right.

    I have even heard of sabotage in respect of competition Veg, very amusing!

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