Is Your Soil Acidic or Alkaline?

If your soil is to acidic or alkaline if can dramatically affect the growth of your plants. The main effect of having highly acidic or highly alkaline soil is that certain nutrients become harder for the plant to absorb, staving the plant; or they become too easily absorbed with the plant overloading its system. Both results will cause the plant to wither & die.

How Do I Test It?

Follow these few basic steps to see if the soil is acidic or alkaline. Before you start you will need:

2 Soil Samples
2 Containers
½ Cup of Vinegar
½ Cup of Water
½ Cup Baking Soda

Add soil to one of the containers & add the vinegar. If there is no reaction when the vinegar is added, your soil is Alkaline. If the soil bubbles or fizzes, continue with the second part of the test.

Add the second sample to the second container. Add water & mix; then add baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzes your soil is highly acidic. If you have no reaction, your soil is neither acidic nor alkaline. 

How do I fix it?

Lime is often used to reduce acidity. Sulphur is usually suggested to reduce alkalinity. The amount of either will depend on the soil’s ph level.  

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