The pH of soil is often an important part of growing vivacious flora but, just as often, it is forgotten. The acidity of your soil can greatly impact the roots of plants and the availability of minerals within the soil. Since plants thrive in a neutral soil there are measures you can take to change the pH of your soil depending on if it is alkaline or acidic. To test the soil in your garden you will need white vinegar, distilled water, baking soda, two containers, and soil from your garden.

In the first container add soil and distilled water until it makes a loose mud. Pour a little vinegar into the bowl – did it fizz? If the vinegar causes the mixture to fizz then the soil is alkaline. If there was no reaction then move to the next step.

In the second container add soil and distilled water until it makes a loose mud. This time sprinkle a little bit of baking soda into the mixture – did it fizz? If the baking soda causes the mixture to fizz then the soil is acidic. If the soil doesn’t react then it is neutral and you can consider yourself lucky! When you know the pH of your soil you can determine the best plants that will thrive in your garden.

If you have acidic soil plant these:

Beans
Broccoli
Blueberries
Beets
Bok Choy
Garlic
Kale
Leafy Greens
Parsley
Peas
Potatoes
Onions

If you have alkaline soil plant these:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Grape Vines
Leeks
Turnips
Sugar Beets
Swiss Chard

Is your soil the wrong pH for your favorite plant? Stay tuned to learn how to change the pH of your soil!