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Post by Ploshkin on 9th April 2019, 9:39 am

A few days ago I potted up my sweet pepper and melon seedlings.  They are now sitting on a heated mat under lights.
I moved the bag of compost out of the way this morning and realised that I had inadvertently used ericaceous compost.  Is that going to affect the growth?

I don't know whether to repot them, dig out some of the compost and replace it or feed them with something  to counteract the ericaceousness.
..... or am I worrying needlessly.

My peppers are late enough already after my initial failed germination.  They could really do without any obstacles to their progress.
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Post by Chilli-head on 9th April 2019, 11:05 am

Oops - quick teleport of Ploshkin's post - we are in April !

According to a quick Google, ericaceous has typically ~pH 5.  And from here:

Very Acid to Alkaline Soil Tolerant Plants: The following crops have the greatest tolerance for a wide range of soil acidity or alkalinity, from about 5.0 to 7.0:

   Alpine strawberry (5.0-7.5)
   Carrot (5.5-7.0)
   Cauliflower (5.5-7.5)
   Corn (5.5-7.5)
   Cucumber (5.5-7.0)
   Dill (5.5-6.7)
   Endive/Escarole (5.8-7.0)
   Garlic (5.5-7.5)
   Parsley (5.0-7.0)
   Parsnip (5.5-7.5)
   Peanut (5.0-6.5)
   Pepper (5.5-7.0)
   Rutabaga (5.5-7.0)
   Squash, winter (5.5-7.0)
   Tomato (5.5-7.5)
   Turnip (5.5-7.0)


No melons, but other squash vegetables are listed, so I would guess they would be fairly tolerant to pH, but might like it a smidgin higher.  I'd probably just cross my fingers !  Around here, the tap water is so hard watering with that rather than rainwater would raise the pH a bit.
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Post by Ploshkin on 9th April 2019, 11:21 am

Thanks CH, I knew you'd come to the rescue with some scientific data. Unfortunately, any water round here will be of the acid variety.
I have a bucket of limey granules from when we were liming fields. Perhaps I could poke one or two in the pots. I'll see how they go first.
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Post by Chilli-head on 9th April 2019, 12:13 pm

How about dropping some in the watering can and letting it sit a while ? The trouble is knowing how far to go. You are probably fairly safe with the sort of lime that is crushed limestone (calcium carbonate) as it's not soluble enough to make the water very alkaline, but will neutralise the acidity. Lime of the more caustic kind - calcium oxide / hydroxide makes overdoing it more of a worry.

I like to use my woodburner ash where the garden books say lime. Got to do something with it !
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Post by Chilli-head on 15th April 2019, 5:39 pm

It is getting to the busy season. I spent much of the weekend at the allotment or in the greenhouse. new posts for the espalier fruit trees at the allotment and weeding. Tomatoes in their final positions in the greenhouse - which means the greenhouse is at bursting point and I'm shuffling stuff to the cold frame.

While re-using Mrs-C-H's pruning pile to make pea sticks, I noticed where I had mulched with the not so great compost under the apple trees. Two obvious things - monkey nut outer shells compost very slowly. And we eat rather a lot of them ! It looks like the floor of a USA bar room Embarassed
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Post by freebird on 15th April 2019, 10:02 pm

I've spent this afternoon dismantling the automatic watering system that was only put in last spring. Feel a bit sad about it, but hopefully it will get used again once we have a new home.
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Post by Chilli-head on 19th April 2019, 6:18 pm

Having delivered my spare tomatoes to Dad, who seemed pretty happy to have them, I now have greenhouse space again, so I've sown butternut squash, courgettes, sweetcorn and outdoor tomatoes. And some lettuce in modules in the cold frame - this is Real Seeds very mixed lettuce, which is every bit what the name implies and rather vigorous.

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