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  • From: Lee Reich <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] fertilzing
  • Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 11:33:51 -0400

Jerry, Be careful what you wish for. Sand mixed with certain clays becomes
something like concrete!

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> On May 17, 2015, at 10:45 AM, Jerry Lehman via nafex
> <> wrote:
> Greetings fellow NAFEX'ers,
> Lee is absolutely correct in everything he wrote. I might add a footnote,
> if your sand has little organic matter even the dissolved fertilizer
> nutrients will leach beyond the root area and continued fertilization will
> be more necessary than sandy high organic soil. The long-term effect of the
> manure is slower release of the nutrients for more continual feeding but
> still is relatively short-lived and continual annual reapplication is
> desirable.
> I wish I could take about 6 inches of my clay and give it in exchange for 6
> inches of years sand that we could mix the 2 together for both of us. :-)
> Jerry
> On 5/16/2015 9:01 AM, Lee Reich wrote:
>> The ideal is to plan more long-term for fertilization. As you saw,
>> manure’s benefit was not realized the first season. Bulky organic
>> fertilizers, such as some manures and compost (which is so low in
>> nutrients that it cannot legally be termed “fertilizer”), have long-term
>> nutrient benefits. I would suggest using those and applying them as
>> mulches.
>> As far as spring vs fall, fall fertilization is fine if it’s applied late
>> enough, in mid fall or later, depending on the local climate. Plant growth
>> won’t be stimulated, no matter what, once a plant has experienced
>> sufficient cold and short days. If a fall-applied fertilizer is organic,
>> with nutrients locked up in organic compounds, those nutrients anyway
>> won’t become available until microbes take action the following spring.
>> Poor growth is not only attributable to insufficient nutrition. Your sandy
>> soil dries out quickly. Nutrients cannot do anything if the soil is too
>> dry.
>> Lee Reich, PhD
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