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You can obtain pH, nutrient profile, and other specialized soil tests through CCE-Tompkins.

CCE-Tompkins can identify Plants, Insects, and Diseases for $5/sample.

Help for Gardeners

The CCE-Tompkins Horticulture program provides support and services that can help home gardeners with a variety of gardening challenges.


Trained Master Gardener volunteers respond to your gardening questions. Call (607) 272-2292 and ask for the GrowLine; visit the GrowLine webpage; or email

Soil Testing Services

You can obtain pH, nutrient profile, and other specialized soil tests through CCE-Tompkins. Read about the soil testing services that we offer, and the instructions for taking a soil sample before bringing your sample to CCE-Tompkins for testing.

Insect, Disease or Plant Identification

This service is done here at CCE-Tompkins for $5/sample. If necessary, samples can be sent to Cornell University for identification, at a charge of $25/sample. Please read this information about how to submit an insect sample to The Cornell University Insect Diagnostic Laboratory.

Home Garden/Landscape Site Visits

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) are available to perform a limited number of garden site visits each year. The charge for individual consultation is $50 for a one hour consultation.  Master Gardeners are available to provide services that deal with mostly with diagnostics, plant ID, and other services that require our MGV training background. CCE Tompkins and the MGVs do not do garden design as part of our Site Visit program. Appointments can be made by contacting the Growline at

Seed Saving Resources

CCE Tompkins maintains a seed library in the Agriculture-Environment office. Free seeds are available for gardeners, along with information on how to save your own seeds, some of which can be returned to the seed library the following year for other gardeners. For more information on saving seeds and a list of organizations that promote seed saving, seed production and plant breeding, go to Cornell University's resource page on all things seedy!

Please note: All CCE-Tompkins fees are contingent upon the ability to pay.

Last updated April 6, 2021