Have you been trying to grow tomatoes but just can’t seem to get them to thrive? Maybe your cantaloupes just won’t grow.
If you live in a place that gets plenty of sunshine and water, chances are good that your problem is your soil. Fortunately, that’s an easy fix.
Today we’re going to teach you 4 ways to test your soil so that you can get your plants to grow as well as your weeds!
Use a Commercial Soil pH Test Probe
This method is the most expensive but it’s accurate and will tell you exactly what the pH of your soil is so that you can add what you need in order to get your soil up to par. You can pick one up for around $40-$50.
To test your soil pH, simply dig a 2-4 inch hole in your soil and fill it with distilled water. Then stick the probe in, wait 60 seconds and you’ll have your reading. Make sure that your probe is calibrated so that you get an accurate reading and be sure to use distilled water so that you’re not disrupting the pH of the soil with impurities in the water.
Use a Soil pH Test Kit
These are widely available at nurseries and garden centers and are easy to use. They’re also cheap – less than $10 in many places and you get several tests. All that you need to do is mix a small amount of soil with some distilled water in a tube then add the solution and shake. The solution may be in powder or liquid form; both work equally well. The solution will react with the soil and turn the water a certain color. Compare the color with the chart that’s included to get your pH.
Test Your Soil pH with Red Cabbage
This test is easy and doesn’t require anything other than cabbage but you won’t get an exact pH.
Finely chop red cabbage or chop it in your food processor until you have 1 cup chopped cabbage. Bring 2 cups of distilled water to a boil and add your cabbage. Simmer for 10 minutes, then allow the solution to cool. Strain the cabbage from the juice, keeping the juice. It will be violet or blue.
Now, add 2 teaspoons of soil to a glass jar and then add a couple of inches of water. Stir it well and let it sit for 30 minutes. If it turns pink, your soil is acidic. The brighter pink it is, the more acidic your soil is. If the juice turns green or blue, your soil is alkaline. The brighter green or blue, the more alkaline it is.