Question 1 – What does the term pH mean?
Question 2 – Why is it important to know the pH of my soil?
Mary from Jugiong
We will answer these questions over two weeks
Scientifically speaking, the soil pH refers to the number of hydrogen ions in the soil. The higher the concentration of ions, the lower the pH or the more acidic the soil is. Soil pH will measure the alkalinity or acidity levels in the soil. This is a range from 0 to 14 on the pH scale. The middle (7) is considered neutral, while levels falling below 7 are acidic and those above that number are alkaline. In very general terms, a pH of 6.5 is ideal for most plants as this is the pH where the majority of nutrients are available for the roots of plants to absorb.