A soil test kit that uses a pH meter and a soil tester is one of the first things any gardener will look for. They are simple to use and can be useful if done properly. Here’s how it works.
The meter that you use to read the pH of your soil must be calibrated correctly to avoid reading a very low pH. It will also read the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. The pH of a solution is the number of parts per five of water.
To make sure the soil test is accurate, you need to be able to understand the different types of soils that exist. There are three major types of soil, these are rich in humus, good in organic matter, and poor in organic matter. Although these terms may sound similar, they have different meanings.
Rich in solid organic matter in the soil that has taken the longest to decompose. This type of soil has less moisture, so it will tend to dry out quickly, making it a terrible choice for growing plants. With humus soil, the nutrients contained within the soil are locked into the soil structure, but with compost, the nutrients become available to the root system of the plant. Nutrients are locked into the soil by the decomposition process, leaving the soil undisturbed and unharmed.
Soil with large holes will generally be loose and allow more enormous weeds to grow freely. The ground will not have enough structure to keep the ground moist or nutrient-rich. While it may have less structure than more fertile soil, it is still poor in organic matter. The ground will also become easier to over-water and will become compacted. It will also need more regular maintenance than soil with holes less than one-half inch in diameter.
If you want to find out the pH of your soil, take the soil you’ve already tested and set it aside for a few days, then drain it, put it in a cup of vermiculite (available at any garden store) and pour some bleach in it. After a couple of hours, take the pH meter and read the reading.
You’ll now know if your soil is acidic or alkaline. Knowing what the pH of your soil is essential to you because it determines how your plants will grow. Most importantly, knowing the pH will help you grow plants that are more resistant to diseases, pests, and diseases themselves.
An Instrument Choice soil ph tester will also be useful for identifying the best time to water your plants. Usually, the soil tester will work better when the soil is still damp and moist. If you notice that the meter has been giving readings when the soil is dry, you should add some water to make the meter function better.
Using the Instrument Choice soil ph tester can help you meet your gardener’s needs for nutrient retention, good pH, and moisture, and also be a handy tool for identifying the right times to water and till your garden. For as long as you know what it is, you’ll be able to use a soil tester to meet your personal gardening needs.