[gardeners] soil pH

Byron.Bromley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 19 May 1999 08:30:30 -0400

   I am a fanatic about soil pH, The difference between having
a soil at the right pH and not; is the difference of having plants that 
are flourishing and sustaining.
  Habanero chiles will produce about 30% more pods if the pH is about 6.8
vs 7.2 and will have blossom end rot if the soil pH is below 6.0
  I check my soil pH on a monthly bases, because rain can leach out
  A $20 pH meter is close enough for the home gardener.
Example. To adjust 1 pH point in a certain type of soil requires 7.5 oz
of lime per 100 sq ft. To adjust 0.1 (10%) means 0.75 oz per 100 sq ft.
Thats tough enough. How does the home gardener spread 1% or
0.075 oz per 100 sq ft.