bkelly66 at bellsouth.net
Thu Jun 11 17:03:25 EDT 2009
Of course most clays would have more available silicate than silica sand,
depending on the pH, I guess. I'm thinking it has to be mostly the drainage
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] melons
> cant see where sand plays a part in helping a melon build cell
> walls.....most sand is pretty inert and plants are unable to pick up
> anything from it.....last year when my did so well with melons they were
> in soil with nearly no sand in it....they were in mostly clay with a
> little bit of humus.....if there is some trace mineral in sand that the
> melons are using it is likely not in universal amounts in the various
> types of sand across the US or the world so it makes little seance to
> recommend sand in that respect cause the sand i have access to may not
> have the trace elements yours does......when ppl tell me melons like sandy
> soil i read into that to mean they like good drainage....so i planted mine
> on the hill top....and they did fine in near pure clay....
> had a discussion similar to this earlier this week about clay in respect
> to growing Nepenthes, tropical pitcher plants, some growers in Singapore
> were using a type of fired clay for growing neps...and the discussion was
> is that really helpful to the rest of us as there are 30 types of pure
> clays and natural clays are made up of any combination of those 30 pure
> types plus could contain other minerals such as iron oxide.....so when im
> discussing clay im likely talking about a very different soil than someone
> say in Georgia or Singapore as far as the makeup of it...my clay might be
> high in a mineral such as zinc which is toxic to Nepenthes in much
> quantity where the gal in Singapores clay may have none...
> Sheridan S.
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