Lowering pH

Miranda Smith Miranda.Smith at creativehomeowner.com
Fri Oct 20 10:21:40 EDT 2000

You can water with vinegar (5% acetic acid) diluted by half with water. Do
this every watering until the pH comes down to a reasonable level. Some
crops will be marginally OK if you start this now. Cucurbits, for example,
grow best at 7, not 6.5. 

Good luck,


> ----------
> From: 	Charlie Shultz
> Reply To: 	market farming
> Sent: 	Friday, October 20, 2000 9:15 AM
> To: 	market farming
> Subject: 	Lowering pH
> Dear Farm-Friends,
> I recently established a few large raised beds for vegetable production in
> the Virgin Islands (yes, 12 month growing season).  I will soon have a 
> complete soil analysis done, but managed to get a pH reading yesterday.
> My 
> pH is high, about 8.6.  Unfortunately I have already planted my various 
> crops and don't know how to lower the pH without stressing the plants.
> Can 
> anyone recommend a method for lowering pH in an established veggie bed?
> Thanks in advance,
> Charlie
> Sunny St. Croix
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