Very high alkalinity water -- what can/can't I grow?
My family is contemplating a move to Davis, CA, where municipal water comes from wells and has very high alkalinity (200 - 560 ppm) and pH of 8.3. (I don't know the pH of the soil, but I don't think it's as extreme as the water.) Summers are VERY hot with NO rain, so irrigation is the rule.
How much of an impact will the alkalinity of the water have on what I can grow? I'm not thinking about acid-loving plants like hydrangeas and blueberries; I'm just wondering if I'll be able to grow regular old garden plants like roses, glossy abelia, citrus, ceanothus ... the kind of stuff that grows with no special care or attention where I currently live (Berkeley area).