We may not think of the importance of pH in our lives and how important it is to our existence. pH is a force of nature and should be considered when choosing what we eat, using products and the effect it has on our environment, and when planning our gardens.
Years ago having a family and the responsibility of their health inspired a curiosity of the role pH plays in our bodies and how to be nutritious. This awareness led me to be more intentional about healthy eating and a pH balanced diet. Raising a family triggered a growing awareness of balancing the body’s pH levels. My family’s interest in hobby growing and gardening brought my attention to the pH balance of our soil for growing. There are some things that really got my attention when it came to the topic of pH balance. For example, watching the pH testing at the pool when my children were swimming captivated me and led me to realize that it was more than merely a measurement and that proper balance must be vital to our health.
Another insight that made me aware of the impact we are having on our planet’s pH balance was becoming a boater. The things you once took for granted became an important part of getting through the days and nights on the water. When boating you become much more aware of how your presence impacts your surroundings and can inadvertently disrupt the ecosystem. For instance, the soaps you use for washing your dishes or hair go directly into the ocean and therefore should be chemical-free. Not to mention that leaving the water running while you brush your teeth is totally out of the question.
pH Plant Health
Living on the West Coast we’re surrounded by water, and are blessed with an abundance of rain, beautiful summers, and great soil. This gives us an instant connection with nature and the resultant feeling of balance and harmony. Yet it wasn’t until working in the indoor gardening industry and being faced with growing concerns and solutions that I truly understood the power of pH balance in our soil and water in the promotion of healthy vegetation.