Ph levels high, PLEASE help... newbie

ettaterrell(7)March 17, 2014

I purchased 2 different types of soil testers, one with prongs you stick in soil the other you mix with powder and shake up with water. Both are saying my soil is between 7 and 8. I purchased the soil at garden center, they called it garden mix so it's mixed with compost and other things to make it good for gardening in my raised beds. I'm scared these ph levels will burn my plants what do I need to do to lower it before I start planting in 2 weeks? Thanks so much for your time!!

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darth_weeder(z7 NY)

I wouldn't worry too much since you're not too alkaline. Depending on what you want to grow having a pH between 7-8 might be fine.
So what do you want to grow?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 1:58PM
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ericwi

Our native soil here in Madison has pH = 7.6, & we grow tomatoes, swiss chard, broccoli, green beans, squash, peppers, radishes, and kale.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 2:35PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

I would contact my state universities Cooperative Extension Service and inquire about having a good reliable soil test done. Those cheap pH testers, I have found, are not very reliable. even when all of the proper steps are followed.
Most plants prefer growing in a soil pH of 6.2 to 6.8 and while 7.2 is not too far out of range close to 8.0 is and could adversely affect plant growth.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 6:33AM
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