[NAFEX] compost, peatmoss, and soil ph

S & E Hills ehills7408 at wowway.com
Sun Jan 27 00:15:54 EST 2008


I'd use the leaf compost and sulphur.  Peat moss can lower pH, but it is a
pain to re-wet once it dries out.

 

S. Hills

 

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Subject: [NAFEX] compost, peatmoss, and soil ph

 

I have several blueberry bushes and am going to add several more this
spring. I have a ton of natural leaf compost from our yard leaves and can
add some peat moss also for organic matter and to help bring ph down.  The
soil is rich, but too acid--about 6.5 to 6.8 (probably due to adding a lot
of horse manure mixed with horse urine.  I've had the soil tested and it is
very rich, but not acid enough for blueberries.  Other plants due well.)
The leaf compost is from maple and oak leaves.  It is well composted.

Which would be better to add to my soil for organic matter and to bring the
ph down into the proper range for blueberries?  Peatmoss or leaf compost?
Or both?  Possibly some sand, also?  THe blueberries I have now are doing
fair, but not fantastic.  I am adding some sulfur also the bring the ph
down.

Jerry in southern Indiana





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