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Why is Soil pH so Important?

The secret to a thriving garden often lies just beneath our feet, in the intricate world of soil. The pH of your soil, indicating how acidic or alkaline it is, holds profound importance for your garden's vitality. Why so, you ask? Here are the top five reasons why discovering the pH of your soil will help your garden thrive. 

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One way to diagnose your soil pH today is to take our garden quiz or try a soil test kit to get a professional analysis from our soil doctor and recommendations to balance your soil pH and improve your soil quality. 

  1. Unlocking Nutrient Potential: The pH of your soil is a key that unlocks nutrient accessibility. Essential elements, from nitrogen to potassium, have specific pH levels at which they are most readily absorbed by plants. Our Superfood Infusion and Glacier and Volcano blends are packed with nutrients for nutrient-deficient soils, ensuring your plants receive their essential diet. Superfood Infusion is formulated to raise the pH of acidic soils while Glacier and Volcano is formulated to lower pH of and can help balance high pH (alkaline) soils.
  1. Fostering Beneficial Microorganisms: Much like humans, soil microorganisms, crucial for decomposition and nutrient cycling, have pH preferences. These unseen helpers prefer neutral to slightly acidic conditions. Our Fertile Ocean Formula and Calcium Boost Formula are fantastic at balancing high and low pH soils respectively, thereby fostering a welcoming environment for these beneficial microbes.
  1. Keeping Toxicity at Bay: Extremely acidic soils can lead to the solubilization of toxic elements like aluminum. Maintaining a balanced pH, with the help of an appropriate amendment, can help prevent the buildup of these potentially harmful substances. 
  1. Catering to Plant Preferences: Just like us, plants have their ideal comfort zones. Some plants like blueberries bask in the conditions of acidic soils while others like artichokes flourish in slightly alkaline settings. Whether you're looking to lower your pH for hydrangeas with our Glacier and Volcano blend or raise it for clematis with our Calcium Boost Formula, considering your plant's pH preferences can bring out the best in your garden. Learn more about your garden vegetable preferences with this Farm Homestead chart!
  1. Boosting the Effectiveness of Additives: The pH of your soil can influence the efficiency of added fertilizers like Vital Nutrient Boost and other soil amendments like Magic Mushroom Compost. By choosing the right soil supplement, you ensure the most effective utilization of these and any other additives you choose for your growing season.

Typically, wet climates tend to have lower pH (acidic) soil while dryer climates tend to have high pH (alkaline) soil. If you're looking to learn more about soil tendencies, check out this Cornell article on Nutrient Leaching which will help you identify your soil type and its needs to prevent this. 

Navigating the world of soil pH might seem daunting, but armed with a soil test, the right knowledge, and our carefully formulated soil supplements, you're well-equipped to create an ideal growing environment for your garden. By acknowledging and adjusting your soil pH, you'll witness a transformation, a rebirth of your garden into a healthier, more fruitful space. Happy pH balanced gardening!