DIY Soil Testing Video

Doing your own soil tests with a kit from the nursery is another option

even though there are advantages and disadvantages to doing your own soil testing. The biggest advantage is that you get your results right away, so you can begin amending your soil as soon as the testing is over.

On the other hand, the disadvantage is that Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Your Soil Tested (2 Videos)

Getting Your Soil Tested and analyzed at a local lab is easily done in two steps.

As  explained in a previous post Testing Your Soil, there are two methods used when getting your soil tested.

Method 1 is to test your soil yourself by using a special kit found at your local nursery. You will know the results right away.

Method 2 is getting your soil tested by sending a sample of your soil to a local university extension office or department of agriculture.  Either way you must gather your sample in such a way that Read the rest of this entry »

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pH Ranges Preferred by Fruit

Fruit also prefer to grow in  soil which has a certain pH.

As mentioned in previous posts, all plants have a preferred pH range; that is, every plant must be planted in soil that has the amount of acidity or alkalinity it prefers. Only then can it absorb all the needed nourishment from the soil.

In this table you are given the preferred pH range for various fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegetable & Herbs pH Range

Vegetable & Herbs Soil pH range chartEvery vegetable, flower, herb, tree, shrub has a preferred soil pH range.

If your plants are not growing well, perhaps the problem is that the  soil does not have the proper pH for it. So if you have a meter, you can quickly find out the pH of the soil in question, then check this list and see if your soil’s pH needs adjusting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soil pH Meter/Tester

It’s important to have a soil pH meter so that you can instantly read your soil’s pH on a regular basis. Why?

One of the easiest, cheapest,  and fastest way to test your soil’s pH is to use a soil tester, also known as a soil meter, which is  available at most garden centres or hardware stores. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Plants Grow

Do you know how plants grow?
. . .How the different parts of a plant work together to make the plant grow?

I can almost see your reaction!!! However, we sometimes forget that plants are composed of many parts and that if one of those parts is not healthy, the plant will not survive.  In this article, our guest Bill Watson explains how plants grow, how the different parts of the plant are important and work together.  Let’s see what he has to say… Read the rest of this entry »

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Caring For Indoor Plants

Caring for indoor/house plants

demands that attention be given to  just a few things: watering, feeding, lighting, temperature, humidiy, and repotting.

If you follow these tips, you will find the job easy. Read the rest of this entry »

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