Homemade Litmus Test

2 jarsful of violet blossoms
boiling water
lemon juice
baking soda

Fill any size jars with violet blossoms; fill with boiling water to top,
seal and steep overnight. Divide contents of one jar into three containers.
Add lemon juice to one. It will turn purple/red; this is your acid

Add baking soda to the other jar. It will turn green/yellow;
this is your base indicator. Pour contents of the other jar into as many
jars as you have soil samples to test. Match colors to indicator.

>>From Great Garden Formulas: The Ultimate Book of Mix-It-Yourself Concoctions
for Your Garden~ Joan Benjamin and Deborah L. Martin-editors, published
by Rodale