In the Garden with Bob - PH Levels
Contributed by: Aria Health Gardener, Bob McArdle
March is the perfect time of year to take some soil samples from your garden and to check their PH levels. PH is the measure of how acidic or alkaline your soil is. Most plants in your garden grow in a PH of 6.4-7.
You can check PH levels by purchasing a small soil testing kit from your local hardware store, or by paying a professional to come out to your home. Both Penn State and the University of Delaware offer these services for a small fee.
By doing this simple task, you will know exactly what your PH level is, and what corrective measures are needed to properly adjust it. Usually all that is required is an application of lime.
Stay tuned next week, as I will give an overview of my findings from the Philadelphia Flower Show.
As always, good luck in your garden.