[NAFEX] Mark's soil

Mark Angermayer 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.

Mark
KS
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Fruth" <>
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:40 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Mark's soil


> Mark,
>     Most soil contains buffers and you may have to add more acid to
achieve
> the desired pH.  That is why I advise people to wait a year before
planting
> 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
think
> 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
skid
> 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
thing
> is though, I checked the pH of the soil at the blueberry root zone (about
4
> inches down) about a month ago.  It measured still measured 7.0.  It
appears
> to take awhile for the bacteria to lower the pH and for the sulfur to
leach
> down."
>
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