[NAFEX] Acidic Oak Leaves?

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Fri Jun 15 11:22:40 EDT 2007

Just about any organic matter will decompose and release humic acids, forming acidic compost. How much it affects your soil pH depends on the soil type, buffering capacity, and amount of compost added. Clay soils with high lime concentrations will be very difficult to lower pH, while sandy soils without lime may be easily acidified.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kathryn Mathews 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 8:02 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Acidic Oak Leaves?

  I added compost made with oak leaves as the major carbon source to my vegetable garden for about 15 years without any decrease in the ph of my soil
  Kathryn Mathews
  Minnesota zone 4
  Clay Soil

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Scott Williamson
    Sent: 06/15/2007 8:14 AM
    To: North American Fruit Explorers
    Subject: [NAFEX] Acidic Oak Leaves?

    I was wondering if anyone knew if the comments you always hear about oak leaves acidifying the soil is true or if it's similar to pine needles in that it depends on what kind of soil the tree is growing in.


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