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 Post subject: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:27 pm 
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this is the aera


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
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I put cow poo & garden soil


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I mowed the lawn and put the clipping


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and the chooks got in and spread it all over the lawn? :laughing


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:34 pm 
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I am going to build 4 storey high with basa blocks around, I have been told to go 2 storys first ,

if I but chook poo in there I need to water it down don't I??


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
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Keep it moist but not soggy.


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:46 pm 
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as anyone use a ph kit??


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:39 pm 
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Not for compost, but i have used one to check out our soil (which is VERY acidic).

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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:48 am 
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I have been told to think about getting one for the soil ( compost ) to get the right ph for the veggie gardens,

but I think it is to scientific, I am not going to school or studying, it is just home garden.

what do you think??


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:39 pm 
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Knowing the pH of your soil will save you a lot of headaches trying to work out why a plant is showing signs of deficiency. You can get all sorts of nutrient lockout issues with high and low pH, so knowing your precise pH will help you work out if it's a lockout issue or a nutrient deficiency in the soil.

Certain plants also prefer particular soil pH, blueberries are a perfect example of a plant that prefers a lower pH. Knowing your base pH means you can both plant out plants according to their requirements, and adjust the pH to suit others.

Many nutrient supplements function better at different pH's also, for example the different chelated irons are more available in certain pH ranges. EDTA works best for pH up to 5.5-6.0, DTPA up to 6.5-7.0, and EDDHA up to 11-14.

Knowing your soil pH just gives you that bit of extra information to get the most out of your garden.


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
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thank you, would not have a clue what EDTA works best for pH up to 5.5-6.0, DTPA up to 6.5-7.0, and EDDHA up to 11-14.

would not no what you are talking about. this is a new think to me.


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:01 pm 
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That was just to give you an idea, it's not really as complicated as it seems. With that example, most commonly found chelated iron is EDTA and is still ok to use with higher pH, it just can't be utilised as well, so instead of 100% of it being used it'll drop to 50% or 25%, etc.

Knowing your pH will be of use to you. Whether you get the usual pH test kits with the indicator solutions, or go for a digital pH reader, the info you get will be handy.

A rather amusing tip if and when you grow tomatoes....there are a series of images online from a book on marijuana growing with descriptions and images of deficiency/overdose of nutrients when growing cannabis. It is far better than any actual tomato growing information I've found, even though the plants are technically different. :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:15 pm 
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thank you for your advice, I will have a look around for a kit and let you know.

because it sounds like it would be worth it in the long run


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Twitch, some of the basic ph. meters you can buy in the gardening section will include a list of what reading will suit what vegetables - or when your compost (or your garden) is ready to use, take a sample into a local nursery and they will probably test it for you, tell you what will grow best or what to add to change the ph.
eg - you might be told that the soil is too acid to grow beans and to add some lime to make it more alkaline.


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 Post subject: Re: an idea for compost
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:41 pm 
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thank you,

I have some home work to do now


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