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EPA GardenSafe soil testing program

GardenSafe is a soil testing program run by the Citizen Science team at Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria. This one-year pilot aims to equip community with the knowledge and resources they need to understand their backyard soil quality.

GardenSafe invites Victorians to send 3 garden soil samples for screening assessment. Each sample will be screened for:

  • Garden soil quality indicators, including soil composition, organic carbon, and soil nutrients phosphorus and potassium.
  • Trace elements, including lead, arsenic and chromium.

In return, you will receive a personalised report with the screening results from your garden. They’ll also provide you with tools to understand your results and guidance on ways to reduce harm from pollution and waste.

There is no cost to participate in GardenSafe, other than the postage to mail your soil samples to them.

More information here

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