If you’re new to gardening, testing your soil may not even have crossed your mind. Instead of purchasing an expensive ph kit give this a try.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Test Your Garden Soil
Two Glass Jars
Directions Step 1: Get A Soil SampleScoop out ¼ cup of soil from your garden and put it into a glass jar.
Step 2: Add VinegarAdd ½ cup of vinegar to the soil in your glass jar. The vinegar may or may not fizz. If the mixture fizzes, your garden soil pH is alkaline. But if the mixture doesn’t fizz, go to Step 3.
Step 3: Get Another SampleTake ¼ cup of soil from your garden and put it into another jar.
Step 4: Add WaterAdd ½ cup of water to your soil sample and mix.
Step 5: Add Baking SodaAdd ½ cup of baking soda to the soil mixture. If the mixture fizzes, the soil is acidic. If your soil didn’t react to the vinegar or baking soda, the soil is already pH balanced. Congratulations! You are now ready to plant! Depending on what you are planting, you may need to change your soil to make it more pH balanced. If your soil is acidic, try adding lime. And to alkaline soil, add sulfur. But the results can vary and may not even be permanent. Before you begin planting, always make sure that your plants are able to thrive in your soil.