Vegetables and Fruit forum: Got the small garden limed.

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south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 17, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Got my soil sample back earlier this week and as usual it called for lime. Spread the lime and plowed it in.
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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 18, 2018 2:29 PM CST
How often does it usually require liming?

Wow, nice dual-wheel Hoss you got there!!!!!!! Drooling
South Alabama - 8a/8b
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Feb 18, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Congrats for mentioning soil sample...no matter the size of the garden soil samples by reputable labs are necessary. I do mine every two years.
south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 18, 2018 9:39 PM CST
I've had this small garden fenced for 3 years now. I had to lime each year to get the ph up to 6. Probably from now on will need to lime every other year. Usually calls for 1 -1/2 to 2 tons per acre. This time it was only .5 Tons acre. Back when I planted several acres of corn, I would lime every 3-5 years.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 18, 2018 10:31 PM CST
Thanks for the feedback that has encouraged me to get the soil tested again this year. I limed the garden last year according to Auburn University's soil lab recommendations and figured this year it would ok in regards to the pH. But, it being a 2nd year garden and me a definite new gardener I think I'll go ahead and get another soil test done. It will be interesting to know where I'm at this year after last year's liming and throwing leaves and kitchen goodies in the garden...especially coffee grounds. Last year the soil tested at a pH of 5.5.
South Alabama - 8a/8b
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Feb 19, 2018 8:57 AM CST
If we could just combine our soils we would be OK. My pH is in the 8.0 to 8.5 range and I have to add sulphur every year to bring it down to 7.9. Sounds like you could grow some good blueberries.
south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 19, 2018 7:08 PM CST
When I was liming the fields every 3-5 years, after that time my ph would be back down in the 5.2 to 5.5 range. This sandy soil has to have lime regularly.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 19, 2018 9:20 PM CST
PaulF said:If we could just combine our soils we would be OK. My pH is in the 8.0 to 8.5 range and I have to add sulphur every year to bring it down to 7.9. Sounds like you could grow some good blueberries.

Blueberries do well in the area. Seems there's some growers south of me that have several acres growing. We haven't made any in years. I'm hoping this year might be different if the freeze didn't nip them too hard. This will be the first year that two of our bushes have been inside the electric fence. We'll see how they do...the deer have kept them pruned heavily for several years. Grumbling
South Alabama - 8a/8b
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south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 20, 2018 7:24 AM CST
Lot different now buying and spreading lime by the bag instead of by the ton. Always spread plain ol ag lime. I know it would cost more, but since I'm spreading by hand now, I'm thinking of using Pelletized lime. Anyone know of any reasons not to use it.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 20, 2018 7:39 AM CST
Here is an article regarding the use of pelletized lime that I stumbled upon. Some interesting points.
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Agronomy...

South Alabama - 8a/8b
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“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 20, 2018 7:39 PM CST
Thanks Ed.
I have an earthway spreader that I've had for years. It would make spreading pelletized lime pretty easy. Im going to TSC tomorrow and think I will buy a bag.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 20, 2018 10:58 PM CST
That should make it much easier (and much less messier from my newbie experience) using the spreader.
South Alabama - 8a/8b
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“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 21, 2018 7:01 PM CST
I went to TSC and was able to look at some pelletized lime. Didn't buy any since I just limed the garden, but pretty sure I'm going to use it after this season. Will be easier to spread for sure. Also heres a pic of the 2' high chicken wire I put around bottom of fence yesterday, hopefully to keep the rabbits out. Maybe you can see it. That took all day.

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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 22, 2018 8:08 AM CST
Man, I do like your fence!!! Did you turn a few inches of the chicken wire outward at the bottom? That should hold'em, though. Nice job!
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
south-central alabama (Zone 8a)
olhippie
Feb 22, 2018 5:55 PM CST
You can't tell by the pic, but I dug about a 2" furrow. Once I get the dirt filled back in, it should be covered about 2-4". It sure don't take much of a hole for a rabbit to get thru. And if theres a hole, they will find it.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 22, 2018 7:02 PM CST
olhippie said:When I was liming the fields every 3-5 years, after that time my ph would be back down in the 5.2 to 5.5 range. This sandy soil has to have lime regularly.

You have a good ph for corn and potatoes.
Without the lime you would have exceptional potato soil.

Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 22, 2018 7:11 PM CST
Ir is 21 up here and looking at the radar as it actually vs forecast, so far snow is lighter than they think it will be.
Now depending on which site you checked it was from 2-7 to 4-8 we need snow so I am hoping for the higher numbers.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Vegetable Grower Zinnias
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Intheswamp
Feb 22, 2018 9:38 PM CST
olhippie said:You can't tell by the pic, but I dug about a 2" furrow. Once I get the dirt filled back in, it should be covered about 2-4". It sure don't take much of a hole for a rabbit to get thru. And if theres a hole, they will find it.

I was wondering about it being dug in from the disturbed dirt below it...excellent!!!
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 23, 2018 12:15 PM CST
RpR said:Ir is 21 up here and looking at the radar as it actually vs forecast, so far snow is lighter than they think it will be.
Now depending on which site you checked it was from 2-7 to 4-8 we need snow so I am hoping for the higher numbers.

Sorry guys, I wondered where this post went, I guess I was not paying attention when I posted it.
Supposed to be in a different category D'Oh!

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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Feb 24, 2018 9:00 AM CST
olhippie said:You can't tell by the pic, but I dug about a 2" furrow. Once I get the dirt filled back in, it should be covered about 2-4". It sure don't take much of a hole for a rabbit to get thru. And if theres a hole, they will find it.


I did the same thing to keep rabbits out. I also got a box of "U shaped" fabric staples and anchored the chicken wire down so they couldn't dig under. It's been in place for five years and keeps them out pretty well. Have not lost a green bean in years.

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