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IsabellaC
Apr 5, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Hi Whitingers,
me and Isabella have put some flowers and veggies in the ground. As I go I wonder about some things and would like to know what you advise on them:
1. we tried the homemade soil test (baking soda, vinegar, etc.) it seems that our soil is slightly acidic; is there a homemade test to measure the PH of the soil?
2. veggies in the garden, is it normal that the first few weeks they look alive, but they do not grow at all? (They also look a little pale in color)?
3. against fire ants, that get in the soil close to the veggies, I have put some Diatomaceous Earth. Does it do anythign to the soil, like change ph or other 'collateral damage'?
4. Isabella's snapdragon was put in the vase and promptly lost the flowers, leaves look good though, so, is it just the shocking that causes it to loose blooms but they come back?
5. how can I use your plant database in the website? I was looking for the list of weeds and plants that put nutrients in the ground (Dynamic nutrients accumulators... or something like that...).
thank you so much!
Luisa
I can do all things through Christ, Which strengths me. Philippians 4:13

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IsabellaC
Apr 5, 2017 6:34 PM CST
I apologize ya'll, I did not realize I sent my email to the Forum of NGA, the questions were addressed to Mr. Whitinger, though, I appreciate anybody that has information or wants to answer, please do.
I am sorry for the confusion,
Luisa
I can do all things through Christ, Which strengths me. Philippians 4:13
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Apr 6, 2017 12:21 PM CST

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Hi Luisa, no worries about posting here. Others can freely chime in and add their own thoughts about your questions (I'm certainly not the most qualified to answer them! There are so many knowledgeable people here and collectively they probably literally know everything).

IsabellaC said:1. we tried the homemade soil test (baking soda, vinegar, etc.) it seems that our soil is slightly acidic; is there a homemade test to measure the PH of the soil?


If you want your soil tested, I only recommend sending your soil to A&M for testing. Those homemade methods are very unreliable. http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/

IsabellaC said:2. veggies in the garden, is it normal that the first few weeks they look alive, but they do not grow at all? (They also look a little pale in color)?


Definitely! They often sit and get established and then suddenly spring up. Make sure you're mulching them!

IsabellaC said:3. against fire ants, that get in the soil close to the veggies, I have put some Diatomaceous Earth. Does it do anythign to the soil, like change ph or other 'collateral damage'?


DE shouldn't change your pH or damage anything at all.

IsabellaC said:4. Isabella's snapdragon was put in the vase and promptly lost the flowers, leaves look good though, so, is it just the shocking that causes it to loose blooms but they come back?


Hmm, I'm not sure, but I don't think the snapdragons will make more flowers later. I don't grow them enough to know.

IsabellaC said:5. how can I use your plant database in the website? I was looking for the list of weeds and plants that put nutrients in the ground (Dynamic nutrients accumulators... or something like that...).


Click on "Plants Database" in the menu up top, then click on "Search by characteristics". Then check off all the fields that you want matched, and click Search and it'll show them. Smiling

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IsabellaC
Apr 6, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Thankyou for your reply, I am taking notes. The NGA is great! You all are so knowledgeable. Thanks again! Thumbs up
Luisa
I can do all things through Christ, Which strengths me. Philippians 4:13
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Apr 7, 2017 7:27 AM CST

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 8, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Howdy 😁😁😁
Snapdragons in vase ?😕? I'm confused. Were they cut flowers or plants ? Plants need to be put in ground. Cut flowers , arnt gonna last long.
Where you live, and zone, would help alot.
Legumes/beans, peas, lupins ! All add nitrigion to soil. If you leave roots in soil. Turn whole plants in for more nutrients, and, build up of soil. Thumbs up
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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