[NAFEX] soil tester

ROBERT W JUDY A HARTMAN hartmansfruit at msn.com
Wed Feb 6 12:34:36 EST 2008

I have been reading all these messages slamming the pH testers.  I use a pH tester (and I didn't buy the cheapest one on the shelf).  It has tested differently in different soil conditions.  I treat it like I would any other home testing device (bathroom scales, blood pressure device, etc.).  It is just an indicator.  Another thing you have to keep in mind is that you don't just grab it and stick it in the soil medium.  You have to make sure it has a good moisture consistency and that the prongs have been cleaned properly.  The prongs will get a build up on them that will cause the reading to not be correct.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ginda Fisher<mailto:list at ginda.us> 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers<mailto:nafex at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 9:18 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] soil tester

  Funny, I had exactly the same experience, except I threw mine out after it 
  read the pH of vinegar at 7.0.  I didn't bother testing it with quicklime.

  ...... Original Message .......
  On Wed, 6 Feb 2008 08:47:53 -0600 "Donna &/or Kieran" 
  <holycow at cookeville.com<mailto:holycow at cookeville.com>> wrote:
  >I once bought one of those pH test gadgets.  It read the same no matter 
  where I stuck it in the ground.  Then I stuck it in pure vinegar, and it 
  read the same.   I stuck it in some quicklime mixed with water, and it read 
  the same. Then I threw it away.   Donna 

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