It's not uncommon to find community gardens set up urban areas, especially on land once used for factories, dump sites, or repair shops. Whether you're planting in a community garden, or in an older home near the center of town, it's important to test your soil for contaminants.

Ashley Harms, a research associate in the Department of Agronomy and Kansas State University, demonstrates how easy it is to collect some soil for testing. For more information on soil testing, visit:

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