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How do I know the pH of my soil, and why does it matter?

You can determine the pH of your soil by using a pH testing kit available at gardening stores or online. The pH scale measures soil acidity or alkalinity. It matters because:
Nutrient Availability: Soil pH affects the availability of essential nutrients to plants. Different plants thrive in different pH ranges, so understanding your soil’s pH helps you choose appropriate plants and adjust nutrient supplementation if necessary.
Soil Health: Optimal pH conditions allow beneficial soil microorganisms to thrive, supporting healthy plant growth .pH
Adjustment: If your soil pH is outside the desired range for your plants, you may need to adjust it using pH modifiers like lime to raise pH or sulphur to lower pH.

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