Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Your garden or the landscape frequently needs to be checked if the soil pH is appropriate with your gardening requirements or not. If you are not getting required response even after using fertilizers you must get the soil tested and ph Level determined.
pH Values and pH Scale
pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a soil. The pH scale runs through 0.0 to 14.0 values on the scale. The most acid soil would have 0.0 value stands for the most acidic soil while 14.0 is the top value for the most alkaline soil on the pH scale.
Middle of the scale i.e. at 7.0 values is attributed to the neutral soil. Meaning thereby, the soil with 7.0 pH value would neither be acidic nor alkaline in nature on the scale. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 7:22 am
Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate — Key Nutrients for Plants and Vegetables
As spring draws near, some of the country’s top gardeners recommend using Epsom salt as an inexpensive way to start or improve your garden.
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – helps seeds germinate, makes plants grow bushier, produces more flowers, increases chlorophyll production and deters pests, such as slugs and voles. It also provides vital nutrients to supplement your regular fertilizer.
Cornell University Assistant Professor Neil Mattson says plants will show visual cues if they are starved for a particular nutrient. If a plant’s leaves turn yellow all over the plant, it can be a sign they need more sulfate. If lower leaves turn yellow between the veins (that is the veins stay green), they may need more magnesium. Some nutrient disorders can look alike so growers can contact their county extension agents either before they plant to test a soil sample or, if they notice a problem, they can bring in a plant for diagnosis.
“Plants need those building blocks,” says Mattson. “Magnesium and sulfur are essential nutrients.”
Although magnesium and sulfur occur naturally in soil, they can be depleted by various conditions, including heavy agricultural use. But unlike most commercial fertilizers, which build up in the soil over time, Epsom Salt is not persistent so you can’t overuse it. Read the rest of this entry