Growing a garden filled with plants and flowers is a true pleasure. You take care of them, watch over them and get to see them blossom into their edible pleasure.
But sometimes it gets tricky. One of the earliest things to look for should be the acidity or alkalinity of your garden by using a soil pH meter.
Why Test Your Soil pH?
The health of your plants is highly dependent on the pH balance of the area in which they are planted. It is correct that the majority of plants like a neutral pH (which is around 7) but others, like blueberries love more acid soil. Monitoring carefully the pH of the soil is important because:
- it can help you determine what to plant in your garden;
- or whether or not you need to adjust the pH of your garden to grow what you want;
- certain plant diseases like it at different pH levels;
- the pH level affects the availability of nutrients to your plants.
What Can You Do If Soil pH Is Not What You Want?
There are a couple of quick fixes that a gardener of any experience can do. If you find that you soil is too acid, you can incorporate lime to your soil to increase the pH, or use wood ash from your log burner (also known as potash fertilizer). If you find that your soil is too alkaline, compost of manure can be used to bring the pH more neutral.
Remember though that changing the acidity of your soil is a process that takes time. It is advisable to test and align the pH of your soil either in the fall or early spring.
Though it may seem like such a trivial thing, you may find that just by simply testing your garden using soil pH test kits and adjusting it accordingly, that your flower blooms grow larger and more vibrant and that the fruits of your garden also become larger and taste better.