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Vegetable PH at 7

Posted by Crybrug Zone 9 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 21, 12 at 8:44

I just got the soil tested for the new vegetable garden and it was at ph7. We live in central FL with sandy and clay soil mix. Should I put in any additive to bring the soil to ph 5-6? Will adding fertilizer change the ph level?

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RE: Vegetable PH at 7

Did you add anything to the soil before you had it tested? Is it close to a lot of concrete?

Clay? Have you looked on your county property appraiser map at soil levels to see what soil type is labeled for your property?

Sorry, I know .. lots of questions.

Fertilizer generally does not change PH. Lime will raise PH. Pine needles/bark and oak leaves will lower PH.

Actually, 7 is pretty neutral so I wouldn't worry about PH too much. What I would worry about is getting lots of organic material into your veggie bed to hold the nutrients the veggies will need.


RE: Vegetable PH at 7

gardengimp Nothing was added to the soil before it was tested. The house is about 4 feet from where the soil was tested. So yes a lot of concrete. It looks like we are mostly clay with a fair sprinkle of sand. So should I just add the organic matter and let the soil go for the vegetables?

Thanks for the help

Here is a link that might be useful: area for the vegetable

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