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Testing Your Soil pH Without a Kit. I’m always looking for quick tips to make my gardening chores easier. I ran across a couple of gardening hacks about testing your soil pH without a kit and I thought I would try them out and see what I need to do with my garden. Let’s do a little kitchen chemistry! But first… Why do you care if your soil is alkaline or acidic?

Knowing your soil pH is the key to understanding if essential minerals will be available to the roots of your plants. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “if you live in an area with alkaline soil — which has a pH above 7.0 — you have two options. You can lower the alkalinity of your soil by adding organic materials like pine needles, peat moss, and composted leaves. According to the article, Your Garden’s Soil, in Mother Earth News, “Raising the organic matter content of soil will usually move the pH of both acidic and alkaline soils toward the neutral range. . #1 – You can test your garden soil pH with vinegar and baking soda This test was fun to do.