Re: Soil Regeneration and pH
- Francois.......The only thing I can offer is this. From an organic
standpoint....organic practices....which Fukuoka's methods do not
contradict re the use of chemicals....one can grow say an azalea in
the part of Texas that I live even though the soil is not acid
enough. One doesn't need to amend, amend, amend to make that happen.
Normal decomposition of plant material, etc, will make the azalea
thrive anyway without it. Chemical gardeners here would tell you to
totally remove the soil and replace it with peat to grow azaleas.
Yet organic growers are able to do it without all of that.
Also....under organic methodology climate zones are fuzzy. A bay
laurel tree should not be able to overwinter here.....but they do
under an organic program.
I am rather certain that under natural farming practices the same
would be true. I haven't tried to find the limits of the above since
I have been using Natural farming/gardening
methodology....but....that could change before long.
I wouldn't let the pH of the soil in Nova Scotia deter you. It may
take work to bring the soil to the point that it won't matter,
though. Depends on what happened before you purchased it. It could
take years of patience. That is what I am going through here on my
property in Texas.
> I wonder if transmutations could make the pH more basic. I want to settlein
> a area of Nova Scotia in Canada but when i look in the soil surveys thesoil
> are very acidic. Horizon's soil pH is described generally as :i
> A : 3,8
> B : 4,2
> C : 5'0
> I never care about soil pH but it think it was relativley neutral were i
> used to garden.To lime seems to me very strange and unnatural. To be true
> am a bit scared of buying a land and not to be able to harvest anythinggrowing.
> except evergreen buds. I remember that Massonobu Fukuoka say in his second
> book that soil pH is just one factor between others when it come to
> But when i look at the vegetation around it talks . I wonder if i take ahello Francois
> satellite map of this county it would show any transmutations revealed by
> the land cover?
just remember that soils are made of plants so it will be a process to
change from the native vegetation that established itself over a very long
period of time and made soil for it own use , to the vegetation you want .
what is the vegetation that grow spontanouslly in nova scotia , is this
acidity the result of centuries of acid loving plants growth or is it the
result of short term human disturbance? ( in that case most likelly it will
recover quicklly thru the natural regeneration process like here , alders
growing after coniferous forest logging )
here disturbed soils are acidic and are welcoming the scotchbroom leguminous
plant ( rich in calcium and nitrogen ), the result is a more balanced ph
blueberries are a very fine crop and it will be too bad to not takes
advantage of this gift of the gods .
that is a lesson given by masanobu fukuoka about natural diet for us, to
adapt to what want to grow there , rather than forcing our human made
desires for certain foods onto the land
- ---I know I beat this horse far too much, but I do have to say I do
not worry about pH. The more organic material is in my soil, the most
forgiving I find the plants and soil to be in that regard.
This does not completely cover plants that truly need highly acidic or
neutral soils, but then, I prefer to grow the natives, anyway. <G>
However, I do "stand on my stand" of organic quantity being a very
good "cushion" for differing pH soil levels.
I took a look at a soil survey map of my area- the different types of
soils are across the board. In checking out the soils on these few
thousand acres I have access to, I find every kind of "pH specific"
plant and inherent soil.
I do my wildgardening, along with my domestic gardening, and many
gradiations between the two. I truly have to say that my experience
is: get the soil healthy and full of good organic matter and critters,
you might be surprised at the range of "pH specific" plants you can
grow just fine. deb
In firstname.lastname@example.org, "francois daoust"
> It is funny, i was just thinking about this concept these days. LikeGloria
> says it think i have new books to read and experiment to do!settle in
> I wonder if transmutations could make the pH more basic. I want to
> a area of Nova Scotia in Canada but when i look in the soil surveysthe soil
> are very acidic. Horizon's soil pH is described generally as :were i
> A : 3,8
> B : 4,2
> C : 5'0
> I never care about soil pH but it think it was relativley neutral
> used to garden.