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Learn How to Test Your Garden Soil

Gardening season is just around the corner and your garden will grow much better if the soil has the correct PH level.

Here is a simple test you can do yourself:
  • Take two containers and put your garden soil in it to test
  • Add ½ cup of vinegar to one container and stir
  • If it fizzes our soil is alkaline

  • Add ½ cup plain water to the second container and stir
  • Next add ½ cup baking soda and stir
  • If it fizzes you have acidic soil
If neither of the containers has a reaction you soil is somewhat PH balanced.

Now that you have determined if your soil is acidic or alkaline, you can slowly make the necessary adjustments to the soil PH level. It takes time to change the soil PH levels so it is best to make gradual adjustments.
  • If your soil is acidic you can use wood ash or lime to make it more alkaline.
  • If your soil is alkaline you can use pine needles to make it more acidic.

Let me know if you found this information helpful and write a comment.

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Marlies Cohen is a renaissance woman, a 'Jack' or should that be 'Jill' of all trades. She is self-taught in most of her subjects due to her strong motivation to learn new things. Everything is touched by an artistic and creative outlook. What looks everyday and mundane to most, is seen in a totally different light by this creative maven who is happy to share her discoveries.