I am sure that most of you have heard the term “did you test your soils pH? “ and thought “this is just too technical for me to comprehend.” Let me make it easier for you!
PH determines the Alkaline/Acid levels in your garden soil. Why is this important for vegetable gardeners?
Having the proper PH allows the optimal release of the Major Nutrients to amend the soil and allow your plants to maximize their growth and harvest. Most vegetables thrive between a level of 6.0-7.0
Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium are the big three. They will contribute to vigorous growth, strengthening root development and increasing disease resistance.
You can find several organic forms of these nutrients including organic matter (compost and aged manures) as well as overall organic fertilizer brands such as “Moo-Doo” and “Fox Farm”
You can purchase a simple soil testing kit at garden stores or contact your local Cornell Extension office and they will sample it right on site for you.
Remember, you are feeding the soil for optimal growth, not the individual plant.