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Hi all,

I've had my Kleingarten for a few years now, and it's becoming clear that there's something I'm not understanding about my soil, and I'm unnecessarily killing plants.  In the US I'd call my handy dandy state university Extension Office and arrange for a soil test.  My bf used to work for the Federal Ag Research Center and says my options are several thousand euros for a commercial test... or nothing.  This sounds odd.

Is there anything like that here in Germany?  (Or the rest of the EU - I'll ship!)  I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount for a commercial service, but I'm mentally predisposed that a government office would be cheaper and more objective.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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I am not an expert on international soil tests, but I did some google searching for you.

I found this article that suggested two different soil test labs https://www.smilinggardener.com/organic-soil-management/soil-testing-labs/

The first suggested lab does international testing http://www.cropservicesintl.com/soil-testing/

"International Soil Samples
Place in zip lock plastic bags and identify as above. Place bags in a plastic snap lid container such as a food freezer box. Ship in a cardboard box or Styrofoam shipping container.  Declare the sample on your customs tag and enclose a copy of our CSI Intl Soil Permit. Send by any carrier that fits your required time frame for the soil to reach us and be processed."


Their tests don't seem to be that expensive - http://www.cropservicesintl.com/product-category/soil-testing/

The second suggested lab-

" International Ag Labs is no longer able to accept foreign soils due to soil permit expiration. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

 
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soil testing companies in Europe

This is a list of most of the soil testing labs in Europe so you can select the closest to you or the lowest price. (Holland has some good labs)

Or you could go to Harris Seeds for your own easy test kit Soil test kits

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Thanks to both of you!  I'll start contacting companies!
 
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