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Do You Know Your Soil pH?

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March 19, 2015

The first step in improving soil fertility on farms and gardens is ensuring that the soil pH (acidity or alkalinity) meets the needs of the crops you'll be growing. Micronutrients that plants need are usually adequately supplied when the soil pH is in the appropriate range for them. You can have your soil tested for pH and other fertility measures by the Maine Soil Testing Service at the University of Maine. Obtain a soil test kit now so that you'll be ready to get a soil sample once the snow melts! Kit are available at your local Cooperative Extension office and through the website of the Maine Soil Testing Service. For more about soil tests, see MOFGA's fact sheet, "An Organic Farmer's Guide to the Interpretation of a Standard Soil Test from the University of Maine."

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