Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free Soil PH Check

You can check your soil’s PH with these simple tests.


To find out if the soil is alkaline:

Scoop some dirt into a disposable container.  Pour ½ Cup of vinegar in it.  If it fizzes, the soil is too alkaline.  To amend alkaline soil you can incorporate pine needles in it.

To find out if the soil is too acidic:

Scoop some dirt in a disposable container.  Pour ½ cup of water in it, then ½ cup of baking soda.  If it fizzes the soil is too acidic.  To amend acidic soil you can incorporate some lime (at garden stores) or wood ash in it.  Wood ash can be gathered after a charcoal barbecue or a fireplace.

My soil tested neutral.  All of the compost I have been adding this winter has worked well.

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