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  • #63001

    gertie
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    Hi Peops :high-five:
    Have been looking at instruments to measure soil PH.on Google …..
    They seem to vary in price from £6 to over a £100.
    What do you use please … would very much appreciate some advice/local knowledge on this topic?
    xxxxxAnne

    #63011

    cilla
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    Hi Anne. I have a gauge which has a stem you stick in the soil and a meter which goes from acid to alkaline (or visa versa ;-) )I wouldn’t have paid much for it.

    #63012

    gertie
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    Right, thanks Cilla, that sounds about easy enough for me to cope with ;-) :rose:

    #63019

    Yewbarrow
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    I have the same as Cilla Anne it is ok, does the job and didn’t cost a lot from memory

    #63020

    gertie
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    Thanks Jenny … it’s next on my garden shopping list :good: :rose:

    #63021

    Walt
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    I use a 3 way meter. Moisture, Light and pH. Circa £9-00.

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    #63023

    gertie
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    Thanks Walt :love: That looks just the job and now I can search for a name :good: :-) :walt: :rose:

    #63024

    Walt
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    Abafia Soil Testing Kit. Check on Amazon.

    #63025

    gertie
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    Brilliant … I have got Dom onto it ;-)
    Thanks Walt :rose:

    #63028

    gertie
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    I am holding it Walt!! it’s just like your picture, so thank you All, and Dom, and the post for such extraordinary service :lol: :good: :rose:

    #63132

    dandlyon
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    I remember going through this thing on Ph meters some years back. The general thought was that most of the probes were unreliable

    #63133

    gertie
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    Well ’tis done now Tony and I think it will help to guide me a bit. Let’s face it I have gardened for over 60 years without any knowledge of soil PH just what flowers like which conditions. I hope it will guide me a bit with crop growing, which is mostly new to me. What part of it do you think is unreliable Tony?

    #63135

    dandlyon
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    It was on the original clickers Anne and the main complaint was that on the cheap probes you seemed to always get the same reading. The one I had always registered 7 even in a lime solution. Not many people take a Ph reading, they just add lime to the brassica area each year. I think I am the only one on our allotments that takes Ph readings My meter can be calibrated before use each time. the neutral setting [7] is done with distilled water, the high setting is done with milk of magnesia that has a know Ph of10.5

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    #63137

    gertie
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    Okay, thanks for that Tony, those numbers are useful :good: . I will have a further fidget with my gadget and see what comes about. It’s certainly not worth me paying for one that costs over £100! I’ll also get some lime for the greens as well as more Ericaceous compost for the potatoes and tomatoes and Berries :rose:
    … Wonders … where can I get coir instead of peat?

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