How to test your garden's soil?
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- eAnswers...May 23, 2014
Soil is very much important in gardening. The two variables present in the soil are pH and texture. For testing a pH you need a DIY kit. You can check what your neighbours are growing. If they are easily growing the lime haters plants such as camellias, then you have an acidic soil, but if no one is growing these kind of plants then you must have a soil with neutral (pH 7) or alkaline soil(pH above 7). A neutral to mild acidic soil is helpful for most plants, fruits and vegetables i.e.(pH 6-7). If your soil is acidic then just add lime to raise the pH value. If your soil is alkaline then add sulphur, but it will take almost 2-3 years.
Now comes texture which is also very important. These are the mineral soil particles in the soil. The soil that everyone likes is loamy soil because the soil particles are mixed nicely in this soil. But it is easy to work on sandy soil while growing drought-tolerant plants. A wide range of plants can be grown in sandy soil once they are eshtablished. A soil which can hold water and nutrients is clay soil, but it is not good to grow anything because it becomes like rock when it gets dried. Adding plenty of organic matter can improve clay soils.
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