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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lake Wedowee At A Glance Diggin' In The Dirt

Diggin’ In The Dirt
By: Tim Brown


  As the growing season nears once again, there are a few things to consider that might enhance growing conditions for the plants chosen for use in this year’s garden. In areas used for gardens previously, any winter growth or residue from last year’s crops can be tilled back into the soil or removed and carried off site if necessary. New garden sites may need attention to the loosening of the soil that has become compacted by sitting idle or due to some type of traffic over the years. Both locations could benefit now from soil tests to determine the pH level of the soil and also any nutrient deficiencies that might exist. Soil amendments can be used now to improve growing conditions for the lime and hydrated lime for pH correction. Also, products such as pelletized gypsum, soil conditioner, top soil, potting soil, and peat moss make good choices to bring some softer qualities to heavy clay soils if that should be a problem in your area. (If you are reading this article, there is a pretty good chance that includes you! Gotta love that Alabama Red Clay!) Also, it can be a good idea to develop a backup plan for watering the plants in case rainfall is too infrequent. Some possibilities include weeping hoses, drip irrigation, sprinklers, or simply access water nozzle for drenching the plants as needed. For more information please contact the Randolph County Farmer’s Co-Op.


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