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Orchid Lady

Wow Mike, that must have taken you ages to put together, thank you so much, I will print it and put it in my notebook for future reference.  Thank you again Mike and. I hope you are well. 


Mike - that's fantastic - what an achievement - thank you 

Someone, can't remember who, once said that Old Age was proof that God has a sense of humour 

Hope you're feeling much better soon ((hugs)) 

Well done Mike.  

Very useful list 

Sorry you aren't feeling too good..........take care 


Thanks Mike,

Very handy tool for us all to use, much apprecaited

Hope you're on the mend soon



Gosh Mike, what a load of plants! I have never done a soil test, just a bit of lime on the cabbage patch(in case)

Plants get put in the ground that I like, i do sort out for sun or shade lovers.

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Ashleigh 2

Thanks Mike, do you know a good accurate soil testing kit, I bought one last year and it gave a result of 6.5 for my garden soil a bag of ericaceous compost and a bag of MP compost, that can't be right can it?


Just looked back at the thread Edd, which test kit did you get in the end?

I still need convincing of the importance for 'most gardeners' to test the PH. I'm sorry if that's negative but to be honest I became very worried about PH only to realise that most of my plants are fine. I use basic PH knowledge and look at what grows locally, don't get plants which are too expensive to loose or not do well, it kind of works ok without the 'science stress'.  Obviously for experts and those growing specialist plants who need excellent results PH will be important. I agree it would be nice to know the PH but after getting very wrong results after testing and no disasters happened, I suppose in my case I don't need perfection; happy to be educated still though.

Thanks Mike this must have been a job and a half to compile, well done.


Me too, mrs garden!. Seems like it could be a bit off putting to new gardeners, forever in fear of getting it wrong, I love the trial and error method, it works for me, I have a real variation of plants all growing side by side.


Absolutely Lyn, but still important for a lot of people and Mike's list is really useful.

Apologies I think I should have posted my above comments on a different thread.

Jim Macd

I think a quick look at that list tells you most plants are fine with most soils. The Notorious few are well known to most of us. I have got a  pH test kit but I know I'm on magnesium lime with a sandy loam so if I wanted to grow Ericaceous plants I'd put them in pots.


I asume my soil is acid as I live close to Dartmoor but strangely, my heathers are awful and my wall flowers good even for their second year.


Jim Macd
Mike Allen wrote (see)

Jim Macd.  Donna and Blitzen Sir!  you have stolen my thunder  KeAp an eye on this thread.  All will be revealed.


Cheers Jim.

Regards.  Mike.

Ah, I had a feeling that's where you were going.

This is really interesting. I've been growing herbs for a few years and every other source I've seen has told me the rosemary and thyme (as well as lavender) like alkaline soil. Are they just plain wrong, or is there a special reason?

John Harding

I too have a pH meter; cost about £12 in a farm shop in Pickering N/Yorks a few years ago while on holiday: tests pH and moisture content & very useful.


Thanks Mike. Very useful reference.

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