Free Leftover Soil
801 Chesley Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801
Free recycled potting soil is available at the back of Annie's Annuals.
(Call ahead of time to see when, or if, soil is currently available.)
Free Soil Field Book
There is a free downloadable soil field book on the USDA website. It was put together by the National Soil Survey Center, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The book includes all kinds of information about soil, and how to take soil samples.
Field Book for Sampling and Describing Soils:
Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory
West Experiment Station
682 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension, Center for Agriculture, does soil testing for as little as $10. Find out if there is lead in your soil, what the pH is and/or if your soil is fertile.
For more information or to order a soil test, go to: