The Missing Link

I have found an interesting article from Elmore County Extension office in Mountain Home, ID- called “Missing Links in SW Idaho Soil Management”.   Here is the site to read it: http://extension.uidaho.edu/elmore/files/2013/12/MissingLinksinSWIdahoSoilManagement.pdf

In this short article, it explains that our alkaline soils need a lot of compost, but also some micronutrients in order for plants to thrive.

I wanted to review the article and then use the best organic methods to fill in the missing links.

The first missing link is phosphorus- you can get that by buying bone meal or rock phosphate.  Rock phosphate I found online at Walmart (WHAT?, yup.  online only) or Dr. Earth brand at Amazon.com.  I know that locally, Edwards Nursery carries Dr Earth products.

The second missing link is elemental sulfur along with organic matter.  I apply compost at least once a year, sometimes fall, sometimes spring, or whenever the pick- up truck is working.  So, along with the compost, we apparently need to add sulfur- which causes a chemical reaction in the soil to produce gypsum.  I found the Elemental sulfur at D&B Supply in a 50 lb. bag.

It's worth a try. . . .  I have applied it to the soil- it's a bit smelly but that's ok, if it works.   I will let you know!

I have not tried the 3rd missing link yet,  but I will.   Potassium is to be applied in the heat of summer.  Try using kelp meal, or ground seashells-  I'll probably get the kelp meal, don't feel like driving to the coast in the height of summer.

The fourth missing link-  love it!!  Plant native plants- they use less water!

Published by Vicki

I love gardening and when it comes to vegetables, organic gardening is important to me. I am an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Idaho, and my favorite garden activity is pruning. When I'm not cutting down plants, you can find me shooting photos on my Canon DSLR or out smashing overheads on the tennis courts.

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