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Old 11-05-2004, 05:21 PM
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Does anyone know the pH level of B&Q ericaceous compost?

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Old 12-05-2004, 12:23 AM
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Does anyone know the pH level of B&Q ericaceous compost?


I once tested a sample. It was about 5. It was difficult to judge
the colour produced in the test, because of the background colour of
the peaty water.

By the way, don't ever waste money on one of those electrical probes
for measuring pH which are sometimes for sale in garden centres. They
are a con trick. I once tested one of them against a pH colour test
set, using tap water and citric acid at various concentrations as the
liquid under test. The readings from the garden pH tester were an
almost random lot of nonsense.

Franz


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Old 12-05-2004, 11:15 AM
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Does anyone know the pH level of B&Q ericaceous compost?


By the way, don't ever waste money on one of those electrical probes
for measuring pH which are sometimes for sale in garden centres. They
are a con trick.



Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.



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Old 12-05-2004, 12:22 PM
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On Wed, 12 May 2004 09:42:09 +0100, "Joanne"
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.


battery not included? :-)
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Old 12-05-2004, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.


battery not included? :-)


Battery not required (hmm, I'd best double-check that). I exchanged it for
another one, but that was just the same.





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Old 12-05-2004, 12:31 PM
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On Wed, 12 May 2004 10:47:23 +0100, "Joanne"
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"martin" wrote in message
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.


battery not included? :-)


Battery not required (hmm, I'd best double-check that). I exchanged it for
another one, but that was just the same.


I'd take Franz's word for it. Ask for your money back :-)
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:15 PM
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Does anyone know the pH level of B&Q ericaceous compost?


should be alright for blueberries.. presumably you're potting up - if so,
mix in a little sand (1 part in 10).

Bigus

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Old 12-05-2004, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.

Not completely useless. Ours never reads 'owt but 6.8 - although it does
waggle occasionally.
But it has a useful life because I find it perfect for pricking-out
seedlings!


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Old 12-05-2004, 06:11 PM
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"martin" wrote in message
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe, your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.


battery not included? :-)


Battery not required (hmm, I'd best double-check that). I exchanged it for
another one, but that was just the same.


Take it back and complain. Dont let them get away with it.
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"Joanne" wrote in message
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"martin" wrote in message
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe,

your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I

agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil

that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.


battery not included? :-)


Battery not required (hmm, I'd best double-check that). I exchanged

it for
another one, but that was just the same.


They don't need a battery.
There is really no way of describing them, except as tokens of
gratitude for the money you handed over.

Franz




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On Wed, 12 May 2004 20:43:23 +0000 (UTC), "Franz Heymann"
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"Joanne" wrote in message
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"martin" wrote in message
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Thanks for the pH reading, Franz. As for the electric probe,

your advice
has come too late! I bought one of these at Christmas and I

agree that
they're worthless. I tested it with water, vinegar, and soil

that I knew
was acidic, but the needle never moved from neutral.

battery not included? :-)


Battery not required (hmm, I'd best double-check that). I exchanged

it for
another one, but that was just the same.


They don't need a battery.
There is really no way of describing them, except as tokens of
gratitude for the money you handed over.


I understand that they can also be used for
measuring osmosis in plastic yachts
frightening away female mosquitos
curing rheumatism
removing warts
....


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