I'm kind of excited to get the test done, and of course it is raining today so I can't dig the samples. I'm going to have the two raised beds tested (I'm debating if I want to pay to have them tested separately or just test them together), and the lawn area (which honestly I don't really care about, but I know Mark would like it to look nicer and I really don't want him to have ChemLawn or something like that come).
I'll let you know the results when it comes back in. One thing that I think is kind of ridiculous is that the Butler County OSU Extension office doesn't offer soil testing - the website has info about how to get a soil test from Michigan State University. It just seems odd that as rural as parts of Butler County are, they don't have a local connection to soil tests, or even a soil testing lab at Ohio State! So I guess I will be putting some dirt in a bag and mailing it to MSU with a check to have it analyzed. If you're interested in a soil test, the info from the county extension can be found here. A standard pH, P, Ca, K, Mg test is $12, and an organic matter test is another $5 (these are 2009 rates - if you are reading this and it's no longer 2009, these prices may not be accurate - Google MSU soil testing lab for info on current prices). So I'm getting both tests for the garden soil and just the standard test for the lawn. It will cost $29 for everything, but it will be well worth it I think. If you are elsewhere in the country, contact your local extension office for soil testing, I have heard some offer it free or at a very reduced rate!