If you read my first post you’ll know that I’m planning to check out the pH of the soil on our freshly dug piece of land in Hasketon. On Monday I bought a very simple soil testing kit from my local garden centre for the princely sum of £3.99!

This kit contains two small test tubes, each one containing some form of powder which when mixed with a small amount of soil and water will show the pH of the soil. I set to work, followed the instructions and after several minutes the water in the test tube had changed colour.

I compared the colour to the colour chart on the back of the packet and lo and behold our soil is a neutral pH. This is great news as ideally for growing veg we need a pH that’s slightly acidic to neutral. In other words a pH of between 6.5 to 7.

Over time as we begin to apply fertiliser to our plot I am expecting the soil to become slightly more acidic – that’s what tends to happen after repeatedly adding a fertiliser to the soil.

Having checked the soil for pH I am now ready to spread half of the plot with Wonderpost soil improver.