How Soil pH Testing Can Produce Better Growing and Yields

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All plants need three major elements for proper growth – nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. If your soil does not contain them in the right quantities, the best growth is impossible.

That is why soil pH testing is needed, so you can to provide the soil with the missing nutrients, in the right quantity.

Nitrogen stimulates growth; phosphorus makes better flowers, fruits, seeds; potash aids the roots, stems, and stalks; counteracts brittle growth. It also intensifies the color and fragrance of flowers, and is greatly needed in summer and fall.

Soil Changes Every Year

Growing plants actually absorb these elements, removing them from the soil. Your garden soil fertility is very different this spring from what it was last summer. All your plants are taking food out of the soil like a spendthrift takes money out of the bank. An acre of tomatoes takes out of the soil about a ton of fertilizer!

How can you know what fertilizers must be added this spring to bring the soil back to its ideal fertility level?

How can you know what kind of fertilizer to use? And how much?

How can you know whether your soil is sweet or acid, and how to correct it?

Soil testing is the only answer. Vegetables, flowers, fruits, evergreens, shrubs, roses, and the lawn all must have a balanced diet to do their best. Practically every garden soil is out of balance unless it is tested.

Do It Yourself

For a home, soil testing kits provide home gardeners with an easy, accurate way of determining the fertilizer requirements of any soil. These Kits will show just how much and what kind of plant food is needed in every part of your garden and grounds, save money too.

Gardeners often find they are using too much of some kinds which might do more harm than good — not enough of others.

These testing kits, complete with everything needed for years of gardening and easy to follow directions, show you directly what plant nutrients must be added to your soil for whatever you want to grow.

They also test for pH (acidity or alkalinity) and tell you how to make your soil just the right pH for the particular plants you want to grow such as lime loving lilacs and clematis vines, as well as those needing acid soil such as azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, etc.

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What To Do This Month- August

August's lazy days are here, when even the most energetic gardener's enthusiasm is dampened by lethargy.
  • Water & Weed - Make it a point, at least, to water and weed in preparation for Autumn's cooler days and flowers.
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  • Pinch Petunias - Pinch back leggy growths on petunias. A boost with a liquid fertilizer will keep them flowering profusely until frost.
  • Transplant - Plants which have finished blooming may be transplanted or divided: Japanese and bearded iris, Madonna lilies, Oriental poppies, daylilies, Virginia bluebells, Trains and Spring-flowering bulbs whose clumps need separating.
  • Sow Seeds - Sow seeds of bush beans, endive, lettuce, spinach, dwarf peas, turnips and cress for late crops.
  • Red Spider - Watch evergreens for red spider infestations. Hot, dry weather promotes the mites.
  • Harvest Herbs - Herbs may be cut and cured in a dry, airy place, without exposing to the sun, before storing for the Winter. The best time to pick them is just before the plants begin to flower, any time during the day as long as the dew has disappeared. Learn how to preserve herbs from the garden to the freezer.
  • House Plants - Water house plants with liquid fertilizer and cut back straggly shoots to induce bushy growth. New plants may also be started from cuttings. Neem oil sprays will get rid of mealy bugs, scale and white flies.
  • Wildlife - If you want the birds to come to your garden, let sunflowers, marigolds, cosmos and other Compositor, especially in out-of-the-way places, go to seed. Goldfinches and other seed-eaters will find them unerringly.