Q: When we first set up our garden maintenance and design service, we bought a pH soil test kit that consisted of a colour chart plus a large bottle of indicator solution. You just put some soil in a plant pot saucer, swirled the indicator around and discovered the pH. Having thrown it out some years ago as it was quite old and we thought not reliable any longer, we wish we'd made a note of the manufacturer. Do you know of a similar kit? It was much easier to use than fiddling around with little test tubes of powder.

Sally Drury considers the options for soil-testing kits that are quick and easy to use.

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