I got a Accugrow test kit and a D hoe from Johnnies today. I just had to
go dig a hole. So I went out and dug a hole in the snow and soil to get a
sample. And did a test. This is what I came up with.
Potassium C- D , but its closer to D then C
Last year I mixed up liquid fish fertilizer and poured it on the plants
using a hand waterer. And that's mostly nitrogen. So that guess worked
out. It was 5-1-1, 0r 3-1-1.
Other then that, And the fact I just dug a hole in the snow in the dark.
It looks like I'm nitrogen deficient. And the fact that the kit doesn't
show PH above 7. How would you know if your PH is over 7.
What do these letters A, B etc mean in this context?
How weird that they don't cover that. I would expect there to be quite a
few districts in the USA where the typical soil pH would be alkaline.
Consider testing in several places before amending your soil, as sample of
one is not very representative.
This isn't going to be very accurate because litmus changes colour over
quite a wide range of pH, you are probably not going to be able to tell if
the pH is 7, 8 or above 8 using litmus. There are dye indicator systems
that will give you a much better reading. I forget the brand of the one I
have and as the temperature is about 42C I am not going out to the shed to
find it right now.
I did put a half gallon of dry of 10-10-10 down and tilled it in.
Forgot about that.
The closer to A , the more deficient. D being ideal, I guess.
Yea, For sure, I just had to go do one and see. I never checked it ever.
I agree. And I will address this issue. But its unlikely that Im not
Nitrogen deficient. What plants grew last year responded very well to me
adding fish fertilizer to them.
There are dye indicator systems
Don't get too excited about measured N levels unless your plants are showing
signs of deficiency. The agronomists that I talk to say it is the most
difficult element to measure reliably and the one that can vary quite
quickly because many N compounds are very soluble in water and/or gaseous so
they move about easily.
Or you have so much organic material in the soil, that the
microorganisms consume the N to create a population large enough to
consume the resource of carbon (starch&cellulose), and little N is left
for the plants.
"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the
Yes and I don't live at Broken Hill. We had 44C here a year or two ago. I
have been watering early morning and then retiring indoors, in the last week
I have used 30 kilolitres. Yesterday it was 30C at 8AM EDST (7AM sun time)
and 40C by 2PM.
A sunburnt country of droughts and flooding rains. And cyclones. The Little
Girl is still toying with us.
No north of Newcastle, not 500km from the coast more like 50km.
this is the nearest automatic weather station with full details:
It is good to have an agricultural college about, I have been to some good
events there. The college is has an interesting history, it was established
by the Presbyterian church on an old farming homestead, it is now state
government. The river is the Patterson river which is part of the Hunter
That's true, when the Hunter is in drought and they can't feed their horses
they come to me. I am not actually at Tocal rather somewhat northeast, it
was just the closest weather station.
I have new photos that need to be squeezed and posted to photobucket, stay
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