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    Question

    How important is testing the PH level in my garden to ensure quality soil? How is the best way to test it?

    Answer

    The soil's pH level is probably one of the most important but least understood aspects of successful gardening. In the simplest terms, when the soil's pH level is too acidic or too alkaline, plants can’t absorb the nutrition they need. Use a home soil test kit or use a soil sample kit that you sent to your county extension service for analysis. Both can be found at Pike Nurseries. Based on the results, it will take 40 to 50 pounds of lime per 1000 square feet to raise the pH level from 5.5 to 6.5.


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