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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Soil Testing

List of local labs: Local Labs Soil Testing (pdf)

gloved hands holding soil Soil sampling a great tool for home gardeners to assess conditions of their landscape beds, vegetable beds, lawns, etc.

A good soil testing program can be divided into four parts:

1 – Taking the sample
2 – Analyzing the sample
3 – Interpreting the sample analysis
4 – Making recommendations

We can assist with how, when, and why to test your soils.

Read this to get started: Soil Testing for Home Gardeners

How to Collect a Soil Sample (video):

How to collect soil samples:

Once you take a sample, you must send it to a laboratory for analysis. NOTE: WSU maintains a database of labs, inclusion of a laboratory or consultant in this list does not imply any endorsement by WSU.

TIP: We recommend calling the local labs to make sure things have not changed recently due to COVID-19.

Interpreting Results: After you receive results from the lab WSU Whatcom can assist you with guidance. Contact the WSU Whatcom MG plant clinic at:

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811


WSU Home Horticulture


Upcoming events:

2021 Plant Sale Pick Up
Order online April 25, 2021
Pick up May 7-8, 2021
Plant Sale Website

Master Gardener Foundation
– Board Meetings:
Held the first Thursday of each month at 10 am in the Extension Office classroom.

Master Gardener Foundation
– Education Lectures:
On most second Thursdays of each month at Noon at the Bellingham Food Coop Community Room (405 E. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA).


Helpful Resources:


Upcoming Events:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some events may be postponed or cancelled.

Partial map of Hovander Gardens

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure