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23/03/2014 at 22:59

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. 

24/03/2014 at 07:24

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)) 

24/03/2014 at 08:19

Great work Mike.

I am sure there is a way to attach pdf files on here but what you have given is much appreciated and as Tracey says it is easily printed off. 

Thank you very much and i hope all is back to normal soon.

Kind regards.


OH. I have just noticed everything has gone bold on this thread?

24/03/2014 at 08:25

Well done Mike.  

Very useful list 

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

24/03/2014 at 08:32

Thanks Mike,

Very handy tool for us all to use, much apprecaited

Hope you're on the mend soon

24/03/2014 at 09:00

If you have a Tablet or smart phone and the like then there is an app that tells you your soil pH and type:

Accurate for me.

24/03/2014 at 09:10

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.

Not only bold print but all underlined



25/03/2014 at 23:29

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?

26/03/2014 at 08:53

Hi Ashleigh 2.

I had heard the same thing with cheap kits so i started a thread called 'professional soil testing kit' Its worth a read. but i have not had any responses lately but there have been a couple of people on here who have just purchased one recently (had no answers back yet)



26/03/2014 at 09:13

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.

26/03/2014 at 10:15

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.

26/03/2014 at 10:44

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.

26/03/2014 at 11:13

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.

26/03/2014 at 13:10

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.


26/03/2014 at 15:20

I have a similar situation Lyn. It makes you want to test the soil pH to find out.

27/03/2014 at 18:56
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.

27/03/2014 at 19:41

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?

28/03/2014 at 23:06

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.

29/03/2014 at 20:14

Thanks Mike. Very useful reference.

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