No Phooling Soil Acidity, Alkalinity Determines Nutrient Use
Lindsay Bond Totten Scripps Howard News Service, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Few gardeners are blessed with perfect - or even good - soil. Garden loam is a product of hard work, gardening skill and time.
The major component of any soil - clay, slit, or sand - reflects the geology of the region. Previous uses determine its structure.
Along with its composition, each soil has a pH - the measure of how acid or alkaline a soil is. You can't see it or touch it, but pH is important to gardeners and their plants.
On the pH scale (0 to 14), pH 7.0 is neutral. Soils below 7.0 are acid (sometimes called "sour"); those above 7.0 are alkaline ("sweet"). A pH reading of 9.0 is 10 times more alkaline than one of 8.0. Small increments on the pH …
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Publication information: Article title: No Phooling Soil Acidity, Alkalinity Determines Nutrient Use. Contributors: Lindsay Bond Totten Scripps Howard News Service - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: November 25, 1993. Page number: 4. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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