soil tester

Hi all,,,, has anyone got any advise for a first time buyer and user for a soil tester, new allotment this year,  raised new beds ,got new topsoil in and manured all of them about 2 monthes ago, its all sitting waiting for the new season to startimage

testing ,testing, many thanks image



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    What Alan is it you actually want to know-I guess the test kit comes with instructions?-just a bit confusedimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    HI chanel what i want is to know if anyone has advise of which to buy or not to buy and where did they get them many thanks


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    Go to a garden centre and see what they've got. I got mine in a GC, but I can't remember which make it was now.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    You can get the probe type like this

    which you can obviously use again

    or the one off type where you add a soil sample to a chemical in a small bottle-depends on how often you want to test it I supposeimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    cheers chanel the one on net looks good

    many thanks all

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    When I started this garden 11 years ago, I used a soil tester (the type where you add water to soil in little container). It struck me then that I might just be measuring the ph balance of the water! The result was around 8 on the ph scale, so have assumed the soil is pretty alkali, but also bearing in mind my comment above. Is there anyone who knows a bit about this to comment on these kits?

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