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Which Veggie is Best For Your Soil?

While the plot is less full it’s a good time to test your soil’s pH. You can test at any time as long as it’s over three months since you added any lime, as this can affect the result. Manure can affect results too, so when you take a soil sample make sure it is soil and not organic matter you pick up – dig down a spit or so to make sure.

To get a sample, take soil from several points across your veg bed in a ‘W’ pattern and mix it into one sample. If you have a large allotment its worth doing this for each area and getting separate results for each one because pH can vary from one end of a plot to another.

To extract the soil, dig out one spit and take a slice from one side of the hole one spit deep – this slice will be your sample. Do this for each point of your ‘W’ and mix them all together in a clean bucket. You’ll end up with a large bucket of soil but you’ll only need a spoonful, so mix thoroughly.

Home soil testing kits are widely available and easy to use. Kits can be slightly different, so follow the directions on your pack. Usually, it involves taking a small spoonful of soil and mixing it with water and a powdered indicator to create a colored liquid. After the soil in the liquid has settled you can use the color guide that comes with the kit to determine the pH. Hold a white piece of paper behind the vial of liquid to help see the true color.

After you know your soil then which veggie is best for your soil?

Alkaline (limey) – Great for growing brassicas, which will be protected from club root. Legumes and grape vines like it too.
Neutral soil – Ideal for growing most fruit and veggie. The exception is acid-loving fruit bushes, blueberries, and cranberries.
Acidic soil – Most plants thrive in it, but potatoes, rhubarb, currants, and gooseberries do particularly well.

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