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Review from a serious gardener with multiple different gardening beds and needs
on October 4, 2016
I’ve used soil meters that made me pretty skeptical of their accuracy when taking them to extremely different areas in my extensive garden, and getting almost identical readings. So I was pleased to see very different readings on all three fronts (moisture, light, and pH) in the different areas of my garden(s).
I’m a very serious gardener and so the tools of my trade are important to me.
One minor thing I wish this came with was a chart that covered vegetables and not just flowers/shrubs. The moisture and light readings chart on the back of the package is focused almost solely on flowers and shrubs. It’s not a super big deal to google it, but it would be really handy to have the chart on hand for my vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
This is really easy to use – place it in the soil, and flick the switch to whichever element you’d like to measure. Far left is moisture, middle is light, and far right is the soil pH. It is easy to move the switch and very easy to see which element you are currently measuring.
The readout screen is very easy to read – very clear and the gauge swings quickly and precisely to whatever the readout is.
I did a test and measured the moisture levels right after watering my raised bed, and then after not watering for 2 days. It detected a difference – which other moisture meters I’ve had, have not.
I’ve uploaded some photos to show clearly the differences in readings in 1) my raised bed, next to marigolds and just prepared for winter vegetables. Very sunny spot and well watered. (Moisture 7, Light 2000, pH 5.5). And 2) in a pot with a rose bush, less sun, and much drier. (Moisture 3, Light 600, pH 7). I took these readings within seconds of each other and did not wipe off the meter in between readings
The bottom line – I’m impressed with the accuracy and the ease of use.