Category Archives: Soil Testing

January 19, 2016

Conducting a Soil pH Test

Looking after, understanding and having an appreciation for your soils health is absolutely essential for any gardener. Soil acts as a foundation for all living things and in soil live thousands and thousands of beneficial microorganisms of which we need to make conditions ideal for them to help us. Soil pH is one of the easiest things to change in your garden. Soil pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline the soil is. Soil pH measures the amount of Hydrogen and hydroxyl ions are in the soil.  The pH strongly influences a number of soil processes including nutrient availability. Most plants have a preference to neutral pH which is between 6 and 7.

An easy and cheap method of conducting the test is through a powder kit which can be purchased from your hardware/nursery.

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pH test kit

You will need
Soil pH test kit
Spade or trowel

Instructions
1. Using the spade dig down approximately 15cm so that you miss any organic matter on the top layer.
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