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18/12/2012 at 15:53

Hi all,,,, has anyone got any advise for a first time buyer and user for a soil tester, new allotment this year,  raised new beds ,got new topsoil in and manured all of them about 2 monthes ago, its all sitting waiting for the new season to start

testing ,testing, many thanks

Alan

18/12/2012 at 17:08

What Alan is it you actually want to know-I guess the test kit comes with instructions?-just a bit confused

18/12/2012 at 17:39

HI chanel what i want is to know if anyone has advise of which to buy or not to buy and where did they get them many thanks

Alan

18/12/2012 at 19:05

Go to a garden centre and see what they've got. I got mine in a GC, but I can't remember which make it was now.

18/12/2012 at 20:00

You can get the probe type like this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-SOIL-TESTER/dp/B001AGRK42

which you can obviously use again

or the one off type where you add a soil sample to a chemical in a small bottle-depends on how often you want to test it I suppose

18/12/2012 at 21:06

cheers chanel the one on net looks good

many thanks all

20/12/2012 at 14:21

When I started this garden 11 years ago, I used a soil tester (the type where you add water to soil in little container). It struck me then that I might just be measuring the ph balance of the water! The result was around 8 on the ph scale, so have assumed the soil is pretty alkali, but also bearing in mind my comment above. Is there anyone who knows a bit about this to comment on these kits?

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