PH – How to know if you need to fix it and how you do it! A simple explanation.

It’s a bit of a worry to some gardeners who try to avoid thinking about PH! They would rather just ignore it and try to get on without doing anything but they do so at the peril of their plants! Even shop bought soils can be way off the correct PH levels and can actually harm your plants.

Very simply, if your soil pH is above 7.5, then very important nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Calcium and the micro and trace elements are no longer available to your plant.  If your soil pH is below 6.5, then your plant will struggle to access the major growth nutrients of Phosphorus, Calcium and Magnesium. Your soil may contain these nutrients, but the soil pH is restricting your plant’s access to these nutrients.

If you would like to test your pH you can get a simple kit to do so or try one of our PH meters, then you will need to correct it to get it back into the 6.5-7.0 pH range.  Dig in Gardener’s Lime to alkalise and Elemental Sulphur (no other type) to acidify. Read the directions on the packet and make sure you cover up with long sleeves and a mask! Simple! It’s not as scary as some think!