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    Test soil pH with vinegar: Place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment.

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    Another pinner wrote, "Test Your Soil's pH with Vinegar: Sprinkle some vinegar on a handful of dirt. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline."

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    garden soil ph test "Place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment."

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To test your soil's pH level, place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment. | Photo: Nancy Andrews | thisoldhouse.com

-To test if your soil is acidic, just add some baking soda to your soil. If it fizzes, you’ve got acidic soil. -To test if your soil is alkaline simply sprinkle some vinegar on a handful of dirt. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline.

Vinegar: Take a sample of dry dirt (about 1/4 cup), mix with distilled water to make a liquid “mud” and then start pouring household vinegar over top. If the mixture fizzes, it’s alkaline. Baking soda: Mix dry dirt and distilled water as above then start sprinkling baking soda over top. If the mixture bubbles, it’s acidic.

Perform your soil test by placing a sample into two separate cups or containers. Add vinegar to one. If it fizzes your soil is alkaline. If not, add some water to the second cup and stir. Add baking soda. If it fizzes you have acidic soil. If neither have a reaction your soil is somewhat pH balanced

A Simple Do It Yourself Soil Test Perform your soil test by placing a sample into two separate cups or containers. Add vinegar to one. If it fizzes your soil is alkaline. If not, add some water to the second cup and stir. Add baking soda. If it fizzes you have acidic soil. If neither have a reaction your soil is somewhat pH balanced.

Does this work? Perform your soil test by placing a sample into two separate cups or containers. Add vinegar to one. If it fizzes your soil is alkaline. If not, add some water to the second cup and stir. Add baking soda. If it fizzes you have acidic soil. If neither have a reaction your soil is somewhat pH balanced.

Easy Soil Test with Baking Soda and Vinegar! If your soil bubbles when you add vinegar it's alkaline. If it bubbles when you add water and baking soda, it's acidic!

Here is a quick test Take 2 pint glass mason jars and fill each jar halfway with soil. In the 1st jar :add 1/4 cup vinegar – is there a reaction ? Your soil is extremely alkaline. In the 2nd jar: add 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda – is there a reaction ? Your soil is extremely acidic. Most soil is more neutrally balanced – a few points either way so you may not see anything.

Soil pH "Clay soils tend to hold onto magnesium so more often than not, calcitic lime is the more appropriate choice for clay soils and dolomitic lime for sandy soils." ~ "Those listed as tolerant of alkaline soils don’t necessarily prefer to grow in them, they just perform better than some others do when the pH level is a bit too high."

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