[nafex] Was:Pine needle mulch, now: Blueberries in high pH
leeareich at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 10:20:26 EST 2012
Gypsum does not raise pH.
I wouldn't worry about the microorganisms.
Lee Reich, PhD
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On Dec 20, 2012, at 9:47 AM, Andrew Hahn wrote:
> Thanks for the amendment suggestions, I hadn't though of soybean meal as
> being particularly good for acid loving plants and avoided Gypsum so as not
> to rais the pH. Probably time to test the soil again to see what it needs.
> I had wondered why naturally occurring fungi would not be picked up and
> couldn't find much about how common thy were. It is pretty likely my soil
> has at least some, while I don't know of any ericaceous plants here in the
> plains, 20 miles away the mountains have serval species.
> Very helpful, thank you.
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM, <nafex-request at lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:
>> An excellent, inexpensive, and organic (especially if non-GMO) source of N
>> for blueberries and other acid-loving plants is soybean meal. Good for any
>> plant, in fact.
>> I did graduate research involving ericoid mycorrhiza and found no effect
>> from inoculations. In fact it was hard to keep control plants from picking
>> up inoculum as a general contaminant. The only exception would be places
>> where blueberries or ericaceous plants are naturally absent and plants are
>> raised without any source of contamination -- in Australia, for instance.
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