HORTICULTURE CLINIC

The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Horticulture Clinic is open to handle gardening questions, soil samples, and diagnostic questions. If you have a horticulture or gardening question, please submit your question to gardeners@barnstablecounty.org or call 508-375-6700. Please be as detailed as possible with your question. For questions that involve insect ID, plant ID, weed ID or disease/mysterious problem solving, please include high quality pictures with your email.  For pointers on how to take high quality diagnostic photos click here.

Soil and Diagnostic samples can be dropped off at  212 Mid-Tech Dr., W. Yarmouth.  Soil Submission Form and Diagnostic forms are available below the black mailbox at the front entryway. Please be sure your sample is accompanied by one of these forms and that your sample is clearly marked with your name and any pertinent information. Samples and completed forms can be placed in the mailbox when complete.  Soil samples are tested at no cost to residents.  We do ask that you limit your samples to 5 per household.

For more extensive testing including nutrients and fertilizer recommendations – use the UMass Soil Testing Lab.  Instructions on how to take a soil sample.

Mail samples to:
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Soil Test
PO Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630

The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension runs a Horticulture Clinic which provides unbiased research based information for all your horticulture and gardening questions. The Clinic offers diagnostic services free of charge; these services include insect, plant disease and plant identification.  Proper identification also includes research based information regarding management if necessary. The clinic also performs pH soil testing.

Trained Master Gardeners are available to answer your horticulture questions via email (gardeners@barnstablecounty.org) or phone (508-375-6700). Diagnostic or soil samples maybe dropped off at the Extension office anytime Monday – Friday 8:00am -4:30pm (212 Mid-Tech Drive, W. Yarmouth) or can be mailed (Cape Cod Cooperative Extension,  Attn: Soil Test, PO Box 367, Barnstable, MA 02630).

Diagnostic Services

To make an accurate diagnosis adequate specimens must be submitted for identification.  Samples may be brought to the office or mailed.  Please use the following information on how to gather a sample and submit with diagnostic form.

Diagnostic Sample Instructions
Diagnostic Submission Form

UMASS Soil Testing Services

The University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory is a UMass Extension program. The lab offers comprehensive analyses of soil, plant tissue, compost, and soilless greenhouse media. Please use the following information on how to properly submit samples.

Routine Soil Analysis – Form for Home Grounds and Gardening
Soil testing description and fees
http://soiltest.umass.edu/ordering-information

pH Soil Testing

For ideal plant growth, soil needs the proper pH level.  Samples may be brought to our office or mailed.  Please use the following information on how to gather a properly collected sample and submit with the soil testing form.

Soil Test Sample Instructions
Soil Submission Form

Additional Resources

Plenty of additional resources can help guide your gardening and agriculture endeavors. Here are a few we recommend:

 

 HORTICULTURE CLINIC

The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Horticulture Clinic is open to handle gardening questions, soil samples, and diagnostic questions. If you have a horticulture or gardening question, please submit your question to gardeners@barnstablecounty.org or call 508-375-6700. Please be as detailed as possible with your question. For questions that involve insect ID, plant ID, weed ID or disease/mysterious problem solving, please include high quality pictures with your email.  For pointers on how to take high quality diagnostic photos click here.

Soil and Diagnostic samples can be dropped off at  212 Mid-Tech Dr., W. Yarmouth.  Soil Submission Form and Diagnostic forms are available below the black mailbox at the front entryway. Please be sure your sample is accompanied by one of these forms and that your sample is clearly marked with your name and any pertinent information. Samples and completed forms can be placed in the mailbox when complete.  Soil samples are tested at no cost to residents.  We do ask that you limit your samples to 5 per household.

For more extensive testing including nutrients and fertilizer recommendations – use the UMass Soil Testing Lab.  Instructions on how to take a soil sample.

Mail samples to:
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Soil Test
PO Box 367
Barnstable, MA 02630