When trying to obtain healthy soil, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. The first factor in determining what will need to be done to adjust your pH balance is what plant or plants are going to be going in the area that you are trying to adjust the pH in. Below you will find a list of different levels of pH and what can be done to correct the problem.
In the process of planting tomatoes you will need to have a good pH balance established. What this means for you is that you are going to need a pH soil test kit. You can find these in a number of stores who sell garden supplies. Next you are going to need a shovel to dig a hole in the area that you want tested. You will need to make sure that there is no compost in the area you are digging in as this will reflect your pH balance test. Next you are going to take a small amount of soil and test it following the directions on the test kit. Once you have established how much alkaline or acid is in the soil will determine what to do to correct the problem.
If your kit tested that your pH level was 11 you will need to add compost or powdered sulfur to the soil to correct the levels. pH levels for tomatoes to grow and thrive are a neutral pH which is in the ranges of 6.5 to 7.0. If you test your soil and there is too much acid around 3.5 you will want to add lime to the soil. Once you have done this you will need to test the soil again to make sure that what you have done has adjusted the soil correctly. If you add sulfur to your soil you will need to know that you will have to add sulfur every 6 months. If you add compost to your soil your tomato plants will love the nutrients that it will gain from using the compost. Allowing compost to be used also helps to naturally adjust your pH balance while giving it added nutrients by both allowing you and the plant the best possible option. Doing this will help you go green which has become a big trend lately.
In certain cases where there is too much of one you should adjust the pH over a certain amount of time allowing for the best results possible. To give the appearance of a bed of flowers you might consider planting the flowers or plants inside the ground while still in a container and covering the container with top soil. This will give the appearance of a flower bed while allowing you to adjust the pH balance evenly over an amount of time.