I’m planning to start seeds soon. Currently, the yard is rife with hedges, birds of paradise plants, and other shrubs (as well as weeds) that I don’t care much for. I’ve been slowly uprooting this vegetation to make room for the vegetable garden and was curious about the state of the soil.
Typically, I’d just add a bunch of compost with a bit of blood meal and bone meal to the soil and call it good. This formula has worked well for me throughout all my humble gardening days. But this time, I figured I’d get to know the soil a little better first by conducting some soil tests.
I purchased a Leaf Luster Rapitest Soil Test Kit from my local nursery. The kit comes with four tests: pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The instructions were straightforward. Generally, the tests call for mixing one part soil with five parts distilled water, letting everything settle, and mixing small samples of the water with the capsules provided in the kit.
Here are the results from the soil tests and recommended amendments:
- pH –> alkaline (amend with sulfur)
- nitrogen –> depleted (amend with blood meal)
- phosphorus –> depleted (amend with bone meal)
- potassium –> sufficient
I already have two of the three recommended amendments. I guess I’ll need to get some sulfur to lower the soil pH and make it better suited for growing vegetables, which typically thrive in soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7. And of course I’ll be throwing in a bunch of compost per my normal ritual.