Testing soil pH the Red Cabbage Style !!

March 1, 2013

Last few days I read Strawberryhill's post about the cheapest way to test soil ph using red cabbage. I followed the link and read the post by the same person (named Straw this time) at:


Then I went and do as the intructions said. Bought some red cabbage and did the experiment like a good scientist I was. The result is quite satisfying, which I think is accurate to the best of my knowledge. This could really be one of the most important gardening technic (aside from composting) one could learn from GardenWeb forum.

Main tool (red cabbage):

Pic of boiling red cabbage:

Done and discarded cabbage(the leave colour is paler):

Cabbage "water":

My soil in a white-bottom bowl:

My soil after mixed with the cabbage water and waited about 30 mins :

my soil water in a white-bottom spoon:

Some cabbage water mixed with a teaspoon of vinegar( also 30 mins later like Straberry said) :

Original cabbage water with nothing after 30 mins:

Please share this if you find this useful, and thank you very much Strawberry.

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