How pH Affects Soil Nutrients

Soil & Compost
Any plant suffering from a deficiency of lime (i.e. growing in a pH group that is too low) will show stunting symptoms and the growing tips of the plant are yellow and deformed while the lower parts of the plant remain unaffected. This is often accompanied by short and stubby root growth instead of long fibrous ones. At very low pH levels, aluminium and manganese are dissolved by acids and escape into the soil. These are poisonous to some plants. On the other hand, plants growing in a lime soil (where the pH is too high) can also be adversely affected. This is generally more because of a secondary effect on other plant foods (see later) than because of an excess of Calcium. Symptoms of high pH levels in soil…
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Our Homestead
Well, the tomatoes are getting ready to be RED! Eugene has pulled it off again this year and has supplied the compost pile with over forty five bags of grass clippings. It is making a fine mulch as well! I came by an old chipper/shredder just collecting dust in someone's barn. What a BOON! for only $125!!! Getting it running will consist of some carburetor work... and I can chip and shred to my little hearts desire. That will aide in adding some 'brown' to the mix. My neighbors already think I'm a little kooky, always asking them... "What are you going to do with that?" They proceed to look at me like I have three eyes and I say, "Then can I have it?" Hey, one man's refuse is…
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