The Q&A Archives: Testing the ground

Question: How do I check PH levels, etc., of my garden soil? How do I know what level is correct?

Answer: The correct pH depends upon which plants you want to put into your garden. Most vegetables, perennials and shrubs will grow happily in a slightly acidic to neutral soil (6.0 to 7.0) Some plants such as rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas prefer a slightly more acidic soil (5.5). There are amendments you can incorporate into your soil to change the pH if necessary. You can purchase a soil test kit through the University ( Best wishes with your garden.

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