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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:37 am 
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Hi and thank you for taking the time to respond. We had our soil tested this year at the Auburn University soil testing lab. I was a little shocked when the results came back. Soil ph had risen from 5.7 last year to 7.6 this year. My question is should I use sulfur to bring the ph back down or just wait for the soil to warm up and re-check. How much will soil warmth and microbial activity bring down the ph? Also...will compost and/or coffee grounds be enough to bring the ph down into the 6.5 - 6.8 range for spring planting?
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Chad Gregory
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 Post subject: Re: soil ph amendment
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:23 am 
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You could mix in some acidified compost to the bed. What are you planting?

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 Post subject: Re: soil ph amendment
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:51 am 
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Hi Sandih! Thank you for your response. The area that we are planting this year is a 1600 sq ft organic garden area. The garden will have beans, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and okra. I like your acidified compost idea. Is that something I can make? Isn't compost already slightly acidic in nature? Thank you.
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 Post subject: Re: soil ph amendment
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:28 pm 
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I believe compost is pretty neutral, actually. I'm sure you could make it but don't have a recipe handy. I'll do some research with you on that.

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