Find out PH levels of soil
I have recently moved into a new house and am starting to make some plans for the garden. It's pretty bare at the moment so I wanted to find out the PH level of the soil to choose appropriate plants.
As there are a number of rhododendrons and azaleas in the garden (that's pretty much all there is!) plus several big ones I can see out and about in the neighborhood, I though the soil likely to be acidic. However, my PH testing kit comes back with a neutral result.
I have used this PH testing kit twice before, both times it also same back neutral. One of these was in my old house where if you dug down a foot you came to solid chalk. Safe to say I'm wondering how accurate it is!
Does anyone have any ideas about how I should proceed? Can rhododendrons grow in neutral soil? (the garden doesn't give the impression that the previous owner would have done much work altering soil ph). Are there any cheap PH testing kits that are reliable?
Thanks in advance for any responses.