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How to Test the pH Levels of your Soil

How to Test the pH Levels of your Soil

Hello all!

Welcome back! This week’s blog, as promised, is about testing the pH levels in your soil. Are the fruits and vegetables in your garden not doing too well? Is one type of vegetable doing better than the other? You may want to check the pH levels in your soil. 

Once you know the exact pH level of your soil, you will be able to take the necessary steps to improve the health of your soil. Don’t worry, though! Testing your soil’s pH levels is pretty easy! 

First, you’ll need:

  • A small shovel
  • pH test probe (you can buy these at most home improvement or garden centers)
  • 2 liters of distilled water (pharmacies or stores with baby sections usually have a ton of this)

 

Second, dig some holes:

Dig four separate holes in the soil you want to be testing. Make sure these holes are around 4-5 inches deep and around 6 inches wide.

Once you have the hole dug out, put only the loose soil back in the hole. Make sure you are especially careful to not put any grass, weeds, sticks, or other stuff back in the hole. 

 

Step 3: Make them muddy

Now that you have holes with only clean dirt in them, it’s time to mix the loose dirt into mud. Add half a liter of the distilled water into the dirt in each hole. As your pour the distilled water into the hole, do it slowly so that it starts to saturate all the soil in the hole, make sure you get as much water into the dirt as you can. Make sure to mix the dirt and water together to make it muddy. 

 

Step 4: Put the pH probe into the mud 

Now it’s time to determine exactly what your soil is made of! (Literally.) Now you’re going to find out what the pH levels are in the areas where you dug your holes. To do this, turn on your pH probe and insert the metal probe end directly into the mud. 

Make sure to take note on a piece of paper of each of the hole’s pH readings from the probe's meter. Make sure to take a few tests in each hole to ensure you’re getting accurate and consistent readings. Now you're done!

What’s next? 

Stick around for next week’s blog on how to correct pH levels in your soil. 

 

Let’s get to growing, 

 

Corryn 

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