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Hey just checking if anyone has found a reliable company that produces a quality digital pH meter that can read both soil and water readings.
Also quick question, I got 2 gals of distilled water so should I mix my distilled water into another container, then balance the pH, then water? I heard that distilled water is 6.0-6.5 PH( I'm going soil so I heard 6.5 is perfect for soil).
Another watering question, I have 2 gal pots and It was suggested online that I use 200ml of water every 48 hours and only mist the leafs during the vegetative cycle, has anyone tried this compared to the lift method?
I know i need to get a meter asap, but I wanted to make a quality investment. Also if my soil is at 6.0 or 7.0 PH how would I balance it out? just use higher, or lower PH in my watering until the soil responds or what?
EDIT: Is this info true I found this " Dolomite lime has been used by gardeners as a pH stabilizer for many years. It has a pH that is neutral (7.0). When added to soil in the correct proportions, it will stabilize soil at a pH near 7.0." from http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/mjgrow9f.htm ;
Is this information correct?
Also any do I just apply it to the topsoil and water, or is it not an option after the plants are already in the soil?
I know these are newbie questions, but I appreciate the help.
Get a chemical ph tester. It's just a vial of universal ph indicator with a small test tube to test it in. Universal indicator's pretty much dirt cheap and basic, but it's grand. So go with the cheapest. You'll get it in a pet store for testing fish tank ph, or in a gardening center or plant shop. Or ebay.
P.S. distilled water is pure water. It's ph is exactly 7.
Don't judge when to water based on a formula you read somewhere. Best way to go I think is when the top of the soil's starting to get pretty dry. Also weight is a good sign. Pick up the pot just after it's just been watered. And pick it up when it's looking dry. You should notice a big difference. If not then the soil's retaining more water under the surface.
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