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cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 5:14 pm    Post subject: Soil pH and Brassicas  Reply with quote    

I've picked out my spot on the allotment for brassicas. Hasn't been limed, but the soil pH is 7. I've never really worries about liming, but the books all reccomensd an alkaline soil for brassicas. 7 is, of course, neutral. I ought to get away with that though, shouldn't I?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I gather club root can be reduced by liming. We don't have any problem with liming as we're on chalk.

It would be worth asking around the site to see what others do.

Tristan



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Plant-wise 6.5 is considered neutral, so a pH of 7 would be fine for brassicas, especially on your soil.

The only other advice I could give is to make sure the ground is really firm and watch out for the !#%$^& pigeons

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I figured that'd be the case. I don't see club root anywhere on the winter broccoli and sprouts, so I rekon I'll be ok. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 05 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I didn't lime, my brassicas performed poorly and suffered from club root. This year I'm going to sow in pots and plant out into limed ground to see if it helps. An article in Kitchen Garden suggest a boost of lime in the planting holes as well to help get things on the way.

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