A healthy soil is indeed very vital in gardening as well as a perfect soil for your plants. On my previous post (check here), I discussed on the importance of soil testing as well as the methods you can use for soil testing. One of those test is the pH test.
The pH test and its Importance
The pH test will measure the acidity and alkalinity of the soil in your garden. The acidity and alkalinity of the soil is due to the presence of ions of the soil. These acidic and alkaline ions are naturally found in the soil and occurrence of acid rain, organic waste materials, impure water irrigation and weathering of soil creates these ions thus making the pH of the soil imbalance.
Imbalance of these ions will affect the plants in many ways. Too much acid in soil will kill off the nutrient thus kills the plants as well. Acidic soil do not absorb pesticides you applied for the plants. By not absorbing these pesticides, these chemicals will contaminate the water system in your area during the rain.
So before you start gardening test your soil’s pH. Be sure to check the pH requirement of your plant for them to grow well. Remember that some plant are acid loving and some preferred to have a neutral pH.
Methods to Reduce Soil’s pH
Using natural methods of reducing the pH of the soil is cost-effective. So better check you kitchen or garden sheds if you have these supplies you can use. Take note that before using these methods your soil’s pH must be more than 7.5.
Known to have a lot of uses due to its acidic property, vinegar will surely lower down the pH of your soil. Just add 8-10 tablespoon to a gallon of water and sprinkle to the soil
Add sulfur to the soil and you will see it will reduce its pH.
Mix coffee grounds or coffee before planting and it will lower down the pH of the soil
One of the most effective among the methods mentioned, use a few kilograms of cow or horse manure in your soil.
You will surely be glad on the effect you can get after using these methods. Be sure to take another test to see if you did a great job on lowering the soil’s pH.
- pH: Why It Matters When Growing with Hydroponics (fullbloomhydroponics.net)
- Acid or Alkaline? Bought A Mini Soil pH Tester Today (hbb2obm.com)