What is the best method to test soil ph using a Hanna meter? I've been just taking a little bit of the soil out of the pot and then mixing a little neutral water (ph 7.00) into it in a cup then putting the probe into the slurry of soil. I feel like there may be more accurate ways of measuring ph than the way I'm doing so please tell me your method or how I could improve my method of testing. Also, when correcting your soils Ph, should you make the water ( using R.O filter) the Ph you'd like your soil to be? or past what you want it to be so it gets to your desired Ph faster? For example: If my soils Ph is 7.4 (too high i know, just an example), should I add ph down to my water until its 6.5-6.8 or go past that to like 6.2 to correct the problem faster? Thanks for all your help in advance, I fear I may have a ph problem so speedy replies are greatly appreciated!