Incline Village, NV, March 02, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- During a recent interview, a renowned expert from Home and Garden America revealed the significance of knowing a garden soil's pH level. The pH shows whether a soil is too alkaline (having a pH greater than 7) or acidic (having a pH less than 7). Soil pH should be the primary focus before starting an organic garden and planting non gmo seeds, that's why gardeners need to know their soil's exact condition so they can find the right balance in between.
To help organic gardeners determine their soil's pH level, the HAGA expert has revealed two easy methods that anyone can follow.
"The first method is doing a quick litmus paper. It's very easy to do, but note that it will only tell you whether your soil is alkaline or acidic—not the actual pH numbers. Even so, this simple test is still a good way to learn about your soil's current condition. To do the litmus test, you'll need about a teaspoon of soil sample, a small container, a standard litmus paper, and some distilled water for this purpose. The soil sample must not come from the surface but rather 6-8 inches deep below the ground," the expert advised.
"Next, put your soil sample in a container, add around two teaspoons of water, and stir the mixture properly. To start the litmus test, just dip one corner of the paper into the solution for 2 seconds. Then take out the paper and wait for a couple more seconds for the results. A standard litmus paper will turn blue if it's alkaline and red if it's acidic," he continued.
"Now if you're looking for more accurate measurements, then using a soil pH test kit is recommended. It's a convenient method that shows the exact pH levels so you can know exactly what your soil is lacking. You can purchase a test kit from any garden store—just follow the instructions and you'll have the results in no time," said the expert.
To achieve the perfect balance, the soil pH must be somewhere between 5.5 and 6.8. If the number is too high, reduce it with the help of some citric acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid, and vinegar. If it's too low, simply use some potassium and hydroxide.
"A well-balanced soil is the key to a happy, healthy garden. Without it, your heirlooms and organic vegetables won't grow to their full potential. So be sure to monitor your soil pH levels at least twice a week to keep it balanced, and remember to plant non gmo heirloom seeds so you can grow plenty of delicious and healthy vegetables," the HAGA expert ended his remarks.
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Chuck Harmon writes consumer information material on various topics, and his expertise in the field of heirloom gardening is no exception. His hobbies include saving non gmo heirloom seeds and tending his vegetable garden.