If you’re not satisfied with the health of your plants or they don’t appear to be flourishing then perhaps it is time to check out the condition of your soil and take action to improve it.The secret to enhancing your garden soil is to diagnose its own deficiencies; get the pH readings right by ammending the soil and you’ll reap the benefits of a wonderful harvest.


If you go to your local garden center you can buy a pH meter that can easily identify what the current levels are of your garden soil, they are quite cheap and easy to use, no rocket science involved. You could also contact your community state cooperative extension service to have your soil analyzed. To find the best informed readings of your own garden lands wellness, take readings from half a dozen different areas. By viewing these readings and determining what crops you need to grow you can decide what action is required to correct the condition of the soil.

Garden soil could be classed as contaminated with a pH range of 1-7, neutral with a pH of 7 or alkaline with a pH of 7-14. Nutrients from the garden soil are most easily available to plants in a neutral assortment of approximately 6.0-7.0 so you should aim to get your garden soil for this degree.

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If the soil is too acidic then the plants can’t use the nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other nutrients they need. Toxic metals are more available to plants in acidic soils and they’ll be prone to poisoning from such substances. In alkaline soils iron, manganese and phosphorous are much less accessible to the plants.

If you’ve analyzed the soil and want to make it less acidic then add lime, limestone, or wood ash. If however you will need to make it less alkaline then add sulfur or obviously organic materials like conifer needles, sawdust or peat moss. Take good care of the amounts used to guarantee you alter the conditions gradually, over a few seasons.

While most plants actually enjoy 6.0 to 7.0 (a slightly acidic to neutral range) you will find plants that defy the norm, merely to keep you on your feet, so that you can profit from this knowledge and ensure that your efforts are rewarded with the terrific crops only a healthy garden soil will provide you.

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Trees and Shrubs

The following list indicates the best pH range for some common trees and shrubs for them to flourish and become good wholesome plants. For information of the soil requirements for crops that aren’t listed you can contact me.

      • Apple Tree 6.0-6.5,
      • Heidelbeere 4.0-6.0,
      • Kirsche,sour 6.0-7.0,
      • Kastanie 5.0-6.5,
      • Fir, Douglas 5.0-6.0,
      • Hortensie Blue Flowers 4.0-5.0,
      • Hydrangea Pink Flowers 6.0-7.0,
      • Wacholder 5.0-6.0,
      • Zitrone 6.0-7.5,
      • Birne 6.0-7.5,
      • Pflaume 6.0-8.0,


Vegetables again will mostly thrive in the pH range of 6.0- 7.0 nevertheless some have a wider tolerance.

      • Spargel 6.0-8.0,
      • Bean 6.0-7.5,
      • Beet 6.0-7.5,
      • Brussel Sprouts 6.0-7.5,
      • Blumenkohl 5.5-7.5,
      • Sellerie 5.8-7.0,
      • Gurke 5.5-7.0,
      • Knoblauch 5.5-8.0,
      • Kartoffel 4.8-6.5,
      • Kürbis 5.5-7.5.


Flowers follow the same trend; you’ll have wonderful results by simply adjusting the pH levels, rather like correcting your diet in order for your health benefits.

      • Begonias 5.5-7.0,
      • Black eyed Susan 5.5-7.0,
      • Geraniums 6.0-8.0,
      • Clematis 5.5-7.0,
      • Daffodils 6.0-7.0,
      • Dahlias 6.0-7.5,
      • Foxglove 6.0-7.5,
      • Gladiolus 5.0-7.0,
      • Hibiskus 6.0-8.0,
      • Hollyhock 6.0-8.0,
      • Ringelblume 5.5-7.5,
      • Rose 5.5-7.0.

If you would like to grow a lush green lawn the pH should be 7.0 or above; if the pH falls lower than this then fungal infections may become an issue.

Any adjustments that will need to be made into the soil might not seem worthwhile, but believe me, they are. You may achieve excellent rewards for the efforts, a great looking garden and an remarkable harvest.


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