The Trials and Tribulations of Gertie the Gardener How to understand your soil.
There once was a gardener named Gerty: Gertie, the Gardener
Potatoes Rhubarb Blueberry She was growing great things in her garden. These plants like slightly acidic soil.
Kale Asparagus ChardShe was also growing other things in another garden. These plants like slightly alkaline soil.
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Gerty the gardener decided to not let anything go to waste! So she added them to the gardens.
Poor, Gerty the Gardener!The pee/moss was The ash was too basictoo acidic. NOTHING GREW!
She said, “No soil is unsalvagable!”First,TESTYOURSOIL!
Gerty the gardener measured the ruined blueberry soil at PH 4 : Too Acid! She needs to increase her PH! Add Dolomite Lime which adds calcium and magnesium. Phosphorus will slowly appear for your plants. This process will be slow.Read from the Original Website: http://www.the-compost-gardener.com/soil-ph.html#ixzz1qfOGqPvwUnder Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
Gerty the gardener measuredher ruined asparagus at PH 8 : Too Alkaline!She needs to decrease her PH! She needs sulfur + time + soil bacteria to get a lowered pH. ●Readfrom the Original Website: The Compost Gardener Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non- ● Commercial No Derivatives
After those additions are made, Pam the PeppyPermie gave this advice: Borrow a digging fork from someone who isn’t using theirs to loosen the soil . Plant cover crops and mulches to keep the soil surface porous. Add worms! Then cook for a year until done!
What did you learn? ALWAYS TEST YOUR SOIL FIRST before you start adding things!THEN you can add the appropriate amendmentsto your soil.
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