Flowers in Minns Garden, Cornell Campus.  Echinacea.  Cornell University Photography.
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Tomato plants growing in garbage cans, July.
Image by Tom Sulcer
Master Gardener volunteer conducts a pH soil test on a soil sample
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Begonia rex
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Home Gardening

Whether you want to start a home vegetable garden, grow flowers, identify a garden pest, or improve your soil, we'll help you find the information you need for these and more home gardening projects!


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 theinstructions 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.

Last updated December 13, 2023