Do you remember that little piece of paper in your chemistry lessons at school? The one that turned red for acid, blue for alkaline and purple for neutral? Well that was a litmus paper which is used as an indicator of PH levels and PH levels in your soil can affect how well your garden will grow and which types of plant are best suited to your soil.
PH or ‘Potential Hydrogen’ is an indicator of the balance of hydrogen ions against hydroxide ions in a solution such as soil. If the ions are balanced then you are said to have a natural PH soil, if the hydrogen ions are greater than the hydroxide ions, you have an acidic soil and if the hydroxide ions outweigh the hydrogen ions, you have an alkaline soil.
To give you an idea, each unit on the PH scale shows a tenfold increase or decrease in the acidity or alkalinity of your soil. In fruit for example, a lemon which has a PH of 2.0 is one hundred times more acidic than an orange which has a PH of 4.0.
The PH of your soil is important in gardening because it is a good indicator of the nutrients available in the soil that can be absorbed by your plants. For the nutrients to be absorbed they must first be dissolved and the PH affects this solubility of nutrients.
When planting your garden it is important to know whether your soil is alkaline or acidic as different types of plants need different types of soil to flourish. For example, camellias and lilies prefer an acid soil while lilies and hollyhocks thrive in more neutral soils with a PH of around 7.0. Most vegetables and plants grow best in soil in the range of 6.0 to 7.5 where the optimum level of nutrients becomes dissolved in the soil.
You can easily test your soils’ PH with DIY soil testing kits which are readily available from most garden centres or you can send a sample of your soil to a laboratory for more detailed analysis. This will enable you to either plant the types of plant in your garden that you know will thrive or you can modify your soil by adding lime to increase the PH or, to make it more alkaline, you can add acidifying materials such as elemental sulphur.
As different plants thrive in different types of soil; it’s always advisable to check the PH of your soil before planting. Either plant the plants that are best suited to your soil type or you can amend your soil PH by the methods mentioned above.
Soil preparation, whatever pH your soil, is always an important factor in ensuring success in your garden. Adding compost and soil treatments such as Zeradour Flower Power will help to bring the soil PH into balance as the zeolites in Flower Power act as an excellent buffer against soil PH fluctuations. Having a balanced PH soil will mean that a much wider variety of plants, flowers and vegetables will flourish in your garden
Ever heard of Alibaba?
Last year two of Alibaba’s portals together handled 1.1 trillion yuan (170 $ billion) in sales, more than eBay and Amazon combined.
Alibaba is on the track to become the world first e-commerce firm to handle 1 trillion $ a yer in transaction.
Soon afterwards, Alibaba.com is expected to announce details of its initial public offering (IPO) possibly even bigger than Facebook’s listing.
Estimates of the likely valuation of Alibaba range from 55 $ billion to 120 $ billion.
Free Flyknit is designed to flex with the foot in motion.
Official release beginning in August.
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These chics from Hovding company has great product for all bicyclist !
The airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the bicyclist’s head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident.
Inside is also small black box.
The box records 10 seconds of data on the bicyclist’s movement patterns during (and just before) a cycling accident.
Hand’s down Hovding gang!
The video is part of Tourism Ireland’s campaign to attract harassed London commuters to Ireland during the upcoming Olympic Games.
Two London friends compete in a race to see whether one can get to Ireland as fast as the other can get to his office in London city centre, with voice-over by actor Chris O’Dowd.
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The Barefoot Expression Session in association with Billabong will start this Friday, June 29 in Bundoran, Ireland. With a 3,000€ prize-purse and a list of big names within the British and European surf scene already entered, the Expression Session will bring its share of entertainment during the Sea Sessions Surf and Music festival.
It’s going to be Great Weekend !!!
The musical festival will also be a major blast with an amazing line-up of artists including Happy Mondays, Kaiser Chiefs, The Coronas, Rev Run from Run DMC and plenty more !!
The 2012 Barefoot Expression Session in assoc. with Billabong will run from June 29 – July 1 in Bundoran, Ireland. To find out more, please visitwww.aspeurope.com and discover the full lineup of SeaSessions at www.seasessions.com.