Lime takes a long time to work. I would try wood ash if you are going to use
it for potting soil. Here is a product that I picked up at garden show but
haven't tried yet. It is called pH+Plus www.heartnsoil.com
On 5/9/04 3:23 PM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
I wouldn't think it could possibly be true. There are just two many
areas with different water sources. Here in Fort Langley we had a well and
much of our copper pipes were eaten through. Not sure if it was acidic water
or electrolysis. But now they blend the well water with mountain source
water (which is soft). The ratio must vary as sometimes the water is soft,
sometimes it is hard and sometimes in between.
I have never thought about our drinking water as being acidic or
alkaline? Just hard or soft.
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Hard water just means there are plenty calcium, magnesium or similar
elements in solution. Gradually, they can form hard deposits on your
plumbing (the same way stalactites and stalagmites form in caves - drip,
drip, deposit mineral, drip, drip). Naturally, the presence of calcium
etc ions will make the water alkaline, but soft water denotes the absence
of those ions, not acidity.
In West Scotland, public water has usually run down mountains through
peat moors, so it's pretty acid. Glasgow's public water supply is
wonderfully "soft". It dissolves lead in old pipes :-(, but is great for
hairwashing and bubble baths, and you can safely use it to water your
Where I live (Arran) had a soft, acid public water supply from a peaty
hill loch, until a few years ago. It wasn't reliably sufficient for
modern needs so a new bore-hole was sunk in (limestone) rock;
consequently we now have hard, alkaline water.
There are probably some exceptions somewhere, but yes. If the natural
water supply is acidic they will increase the pH at the treatment plant
to keep lead from leaching into the water from old pipes.
Add some whiting. This is a form of calcium carbonate. It can be
purchased at most hardware and paint stores. In texture and
appearance it resembles four. Add 2 tablespoons per gallon of soil.
If you decide to use agriculture lime instead, add one teaspoon per
two gallons of soil.
Ground limestone, wood ashes, or rock phosphate.
Be aware that garden soil is generally too heavy to use as potting
soil , you will need to add leaf mold or compost and sharp sand or
pearlite to open it up a bit.
If you web search "John Innes #3" you will find a good deal of info on
general potting mixes.
Thank you, David. After scrolling down the responses, I was afraid all were
going to overlook this most basic of all points, that most flowering plants
(and a good many broadleaf evergreens) prefer, or at the very least will
tolerate, acidic soils. I'd also have to question exactly what type of
"garden soil " the OP is using - potting soils generally contain very
little in the way of actual soil. It is too heavy and not free draining
enough to be very suitable for container plantings. They might want to look
into lightening things up a bit with the addition of sand or perlite.
btw, I'd also contend that most primulas prefer soils in the pH range of
5.5 to 6.5 - certainly on the acidic side. Generally, plants which orginate
as woodland or shade plants and those preferring moist conditions also tend
to prefer soils on the acidic side.
pam - gardengal
I agree with Pam re. Primulas. Cowslip is an exception and only really
thrives on very alkaline soils~ preferably thin soil over limestone. Similar
to Anemone pulsatilla.[Pulsatilla vulgaris]
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