Wednesday, June 29, 2022

garden report #?

 It was a dreary spring. Cold. Wet. Foggy. Overcast. The garden struggled. Some of the seeds I planted never sprouted. I blamed the weather. It was colder and greyer than usual. Volunteer oriental poppies did thrive. Peas languished. We have a zucchini plant that has grown nicely. Big leaves. Flowers. But small hard rind fruits. While I was cleaning the garden shed I found a large plastic bag of lime, obviously from the garden place where I shop. Oh no. Did I forget to add the lime to my mix of bulk stuff fertilizer? I recalled  a soil test kit that I have I have.


So I collected samples from two of our raised beds, dried them and prepped them as directed. Actually measuring the chemical makeup of the soil using the test kit is a bit tedious but very informative.

Finished the first sample. WHOA. The soil ph is 8! which is very acidic. Most veggies do best in neutral-to-slightly-basic soil. It is also woefully low in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium! That explains a lot. Still, that is still just one bed that i have tested so far out of seven. In afterthought I should have first tested the soil in which the zucchini is growing. and yet we grow a lot of kale very successfully in other beds. i will fertilize the zucchini. a quick check with dr. Google on zucchini growing reminded me that zucchini fruit sometimes needs to be hand pollinated to grow well. I have done that in some years past. have done so now.

                                              sciency stuff

                                              scientist (resting)

                                               zucchini (poor quality)



16 comments:

  1. Well, good for you, Roger, that you know about these things! That's why I have never had much success in gardening! Hope you have found the solutions to your growing problems! Good luck!

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    1. thanks. gardening is a learning experience

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  2. pH 8 is actually slightly basic!

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    1. oh. it is. of course. i am still learning

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  3. That sounds like good science, scientist! After all that, I'd be resting, too.

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    1. i was so tired i got the ph thing wrong. resting now

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  4. Now that is something I don't do, test the soil but the a lit of stuff I grow in my Greenhouse and not raised beds

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  5. i am prepared to be embarrassed if tests of the other beds show conditions suitable for growing veggies

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  6. Nice report from a keen gardener. I have never tested soil or fertilized my garden. However, my garden has not done well and probably for the same reason yours hasn't done well.

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    1. perhaps both of our gardens need fertilization.

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  7. Yikes, that is what I have done wrong in years past--not test the soil. So glad you have the test kit.
    Yes gardening is a learning process but so
    rewarding.

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    1. rewarding is just exactly it. a very nice meditation

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  8. Good that you were interested in the soil. I seldom think of that, just use a liquid fertilizer (not organic though). Of course I'm just doing flowers in my pots.

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    1. i used the soil test kit once when i got it several years ago. haven't felt a need for it. now i do

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  9. Just going to say....I am impressed at your farmer skills.

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