Here at Bloom an essential part of our process is making sure the foundations of our gardens are of good quality.
Spring is a great time to test soil. We recommend testing soil every 3 to 5 years.
Testing your soil doesn’t require an expensive kit.
Follow a few simple steps for a DIY soil test to determine what actions you need to take towards a healthy garden.
Scoop some soil into a container. Add ½ cup vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzes, it is alkaline.
If there’s no reaction, scoop fresh soil into a 2nd container. Add ½ cup baking soda. If the soil bubbles this time, it’s acidic.
If the soil doesn’t react to either test, it’s a neutral pH and doesn’t need tweaking. If the soil tested acidic, amend the soil with wood ash or lime. If alkaline, amemd with sulfur or pine needles.
If you'd like help testing your soil, please let us know what we can do for you!