pH Preference for Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Burlington, VT
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Question by jknight9
March 10, 2000
Can you tell me which plants prefer to grow in soil that is alkaline?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2000
You clicked on the category of vegetables. Most veggies prefer a slightly acidic soil between 6 and 7. However, I live in Arizona, which has extremely alkaline soil between 8 and 8.5 and we can still grow any vegetables. As a matter of fact, Arizona is the 3rd producer of vegetable crops in the nation. Add plenty of organic matter/compost to the soil (4-6 inches and dig it in about 10 inches deep). Also add soil sulfur as an amendment, which slightly brings down the pH on a temporary and localized basis. Follow package directions. Keep improving the soil this way each year and you'll be able to grow veggies just fine!

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