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What is the best soil tester kit?

Hello all

I'm new to gardening and was wondering if anyone could advise me on the best soil testing kit to use? I have heard that the solar panel ones with long prongs are next to useless, but I can't seem to find an alternative. Thanks.


  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    I use the cheap solution test kit from GC. you put a bit of soil in add sterile water and after a minute or two it changes colour. The instructions are easy to follow and it is fairly reliable

  • Ms MagooMs Magoo Posts: 13

    Thank you!

  • Hi, Ms Magoo

    I use a meter myself....less faffing-about, easy to read & permanent.

    This isn't the one I use, but would be quite adequate and I'm sure you'll agree very reasonably priced:


  • Whoops! image......just read a few of the reviews and some are not too flattering.

    As I said, this isn't the one I have, so perhaps it would be advisable to pay a little more for better quality. However, it does offer another solution.

  • Ms MagooMs Magoo Posts: 13

    Thank you David K. I actually used a solution tester kit which seemed to work fine and told me my soil is neutral. 

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