PH meter recommendations?
I just moved to North Carolina from AZ. I didn't use a pH meter in AZ because I knew that my water and soil were off the charts high. I did check some of my best beds with a swimming strip a couple of times and it was greater than 8.5.
Now, I'm sure I have acidic soil as we have purchased a heavily wooded 21 acres with sandy loam. I'm sending soil samples to the state but would like to start liming and planting my fall gardens soon, before it gets too late for things like beans, etc.
I will be adding tons of partially decomposed pine straw and leaves to the gardens as I go.
Any recommendations for a good but under $50 pH meter?
Btw, I'm pretty excited to be able to plant blueberries and strawberries in the ground here. This area has a lot of blueberry farms so I'm sure our soil is highly acidic.
If it helps, I had the well tested and hardness was very low, iron was the only thing somewhat high.I don't remember seeing a pH on the test.