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Photo: richsouthwales (Shutterstock) When we think about gardening, things like planting, watering, and harvesting usually come to mind first. But in reality, there’s a lot more to it—including what’s going on just below the surface. Yes, we’re talking about soil. And while it may not be as aesthetically pleasing as blossoming flowers or plump, red tomatoes, soil is an absolutely crucial part of any garden. This means that it’s important to put in the time and effort necessary to keep it in good shape. One way to do that is to make sure that the soil has the ideal pH level, and that can be done using garden lime (not the citrus fruit). In a recent article for BobVila.com , Mark Wolfe breaks down how to use garden lime, and why fall is the best time to add it to your soil. Here’s what to know. What is garden lime used for? Think back to the part of science class where you learned about acids, bases, and pH levels. The ideal pH level for a garden is between 6.0 and 7.0, Wolfe explains . If you have your soil tested (either by sending a soil sample to your Cooperative Extension Service lab or using an over-the-counter test) and the pH level is below 6.0, then you’ll want to reduce its acidity. Adding garden lime to your soil is one way to do that. When soil is too acidic, some plant food elements are chemically locked up, or unavailable for […]