To much Lime - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dennisphill
May 12, 2010
I think I put out to much lime and some of my vegs are not doing well. Is there anything I can short of starting over?

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2010


You might be able to flood the soil repeated to help leach out the lime, but you may simply want to test the soil's pH with a home test kit. Too much lime can turn the soil alkaline (over 7.0 on the pH scale) which might bind up nutrients and make them less available to plant roots. This condition can cause poor plant growth. I'd test the soil before deciding what, if anything, you need to do. Most veggies grow well in soils with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. You can help improve your clay soil by amending it with compost or other organic matter on an annual basis. Hope this information is helpful.

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