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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by amer chohan on December 11, 2012 at 7:04am

Thanks Joan, what I make from all of this is to apply it in very low concentrations. I was told by the seller to do it in a water mixture. I am not in postion of experiment because my plants are in a dormancy state. Anything during this winter period effects them severly. It is not clear does Humaic acid increases soil acidity or not. One thing is for sure, my cactus are acidic loving plants. But I already use many things for the purpose and my soil is already at low PH. Further decrease would be a trouble.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 8:07pm

Amer, I put in a "Google Alert" and I am getting responses back. Here is one that just came in:

100% Water Soluble Powder of Humic / Amino Acids and Fe Chelate

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 7:43pm

I forgot to tell you that Humic Acid is a principal component of humic substances, the major organic components of soil in peat bogs, stagnant lakes; It comes from brown water ponds and is made from decomposing dead organic matter. Its common use is as a soil supplement in gardens. I do buy bales of humus when I am building up my acid gardens. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 6:52pm

Humic Acid's Role in Improving Soil Quality and Plant Growth

I don't know what kind of effect it has on plants; I have not used Humic 50%. 

If I were you, I would go to a good local nursery to find out how to properly apply it, what amounts, and what season, or call your county extension people. They are great help for me.

There is a way to make a liquid foliar spray with Humic acid, but I don't know how much you should dilute it. If you have an out-of-the-way garden, you could experiment but remember, it's major effect will be on soil, and it would be easy to burn the soil. 

I keep part of my borders acidic and the other alkaline and choose plants for those areas. 

Here are some basic information sites that may, or may not answer your specific questions. 

Garden how-to-test-soil-pH

or 

How to test soil pH

Acid-Loving Plants

Comment by amer chohan on December 10, 2012 at 8:13am

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On a friend's prescreption I bought a 4kg fertilizer bag containing 50% Humic acid as main costituent. If someone has previous experience with Humic acid. If so then

  1. What kind of effect it has on plants?
  2. Should I deal it as an acid or as a fertilizer?
  3. Quantity and method of applying(it is in powder form).
Comment by A Former Member on December 8, 2012 at 3:45pm
Has anyone ever grown a Norfolk Island Pine, and are they persnickety? The nursery has the for $20, but I suspect they'll be marked down after xmas. My condo is so dark though.
Comment by Sentient Biped on December 8, 2012 at 10:15am

Spud,

It's a long story.  I haven't eaten meat for over 30 years.  Not eating sentient beings is part of it.  But I never proselytize, it's just my choice.  I love food.  I don't eat fish either.  Or bivalves, even tho I don't think they are sentient.    It just is what it is.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2012 at 9:56am

Sentient, if you don't mind me asking, are you a vegetarian because you don't want to eat any sentient beings?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2012 at 9:46am

"lowest of all on the food chain."  That's funny.  Do you eat fish?

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 8, 2012 at 9:00am

Spud, yes you are right.  My partner is not vegetarian, however.  Neither are the dogs or cat.  Or for that matter, the chickens.  I'm the lowest of all on the food chain.

 

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