THIS MESSAGE IS NOT JUST FOR VEGETABLE GARDENERS
Soil pH is a very important part of growing, no matter what type of garden you are growing…..
Vegetable, Flower, Fruit, Shade or Full Sun.
Since the spring growing season is vastly approaching and you haven’t seen or prepared your soil since last growing season it’s time to ramp up on your pH skills.
You probably know what the pH level to the human body is however; you may not be familiar with soil pH for your gardening.
The Colorado State University Extension defines Soil pH as…..
Soil pH is a measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a soil. On the pH scale, 7.0 is neutral. Below 7.0 acid, and above 7.0 is basic or alkaline. A pH range of 6.8 to 7.2 is termed near neutral.
Listed below is the soil pH growing chart from the Colorado State University Extension. This is a great chart for gardeners to be better prepared for their successful growing season.
With so many vegetables, flowers, and fruits to choose from there are several that show up in almost everyone’s garden.
Tomatoes, peppers, beans, marigolds, purple cone flower, strawberries, and blueberries to name a few.
What do they all have in common?
They all have to have the RIGHT soil pH level to be successful. NOW WAIT……I am not saying that you can’t have a great garden if you don’t test your soil and make adjustments according to what your planting.
I am merely pointing out that what you plant will thrive, be healthy and happy, and produce better if you have the right soil in the beginning.
For example tomatoes will need a soil pH range of 5.5 – 7.5, sweet pepper 5.5 – 7.0, marigolds 5.5 – 7.5, and blueberries 4.0 – 6.0. A more detailed list is available from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
There are soil pH test kits available that will assist you with knowing how to manage your soil for the best growth of your vegetables, flowers, and other plants. These kits are available at your local hardware stores and online. The kits will also have a varied price range based on what the kit tests for. Read carefully to make sure you are getting the proper kit for the needs of your garden.
Do you know what your soil pH? What is the best pH for your particular garden?