[NAFEX] Mark's soil
hangermayer at isp.com
Mon Jul 20 16:23:45 EDT 2009
In re-reading my post, I see I omitted one thing. That is, I mulched on top
of the terraces with leaf litter, as well as underneath the terraces.
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From: "Jim Fruth" <>
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Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:40 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Mark's soil
> Most soil contains buffers and you may have to add more acid to
> the desired pH. That is why I advise people to wait a year before
> an acid-loving crop. Get the soil to the proper acidity, then plant.
> Before I planted my blueberries, I visited the University of Minnesota
> Blueberry Test Plot. There I learned that plants in too high a soil pH
> didn't exhibit choruses, rather they took on a purple color. I didn't
> to ask how it affected yield.
> Mark wrote: "Our soil is 7.0 pH based on two different soil tests (A&L
> Labs). Last fall I decided I wanted to plant blueberries. I rented a
> loader and dug out room for two blueberry beds. After removing a
> significant amount of topsoil and piling it up. I put a generous amount of
> leaf litter down. Then added some sulfur on the leaf litter. Then added
> the topsoil back to make a couple of terraces for the blueberry plants.
> Then added more sulfur and a little urea. In the spring I planted the
> blueberries. So far they show no signs of iron chlorosis. The funny
> is though, I checked the pH of the soil at the blueberry root zone (about
> inches down) about a month ago. It measured still measured 7.0. It
> to take awhile for the bacteria to lower the pH and for the sulfur to
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