Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Weight Watchers Turkey, Bean and Vegetable Chili
by sanderson Today at 4:28 am

» Taking on 4 Season Gardening
by jeanfull02 Today at 1:42 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 11:16 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:42 pm

» Butternut squash, turkey Italian sausage, cannelini bean soup
by yolos Yesterday at 9:25 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by yolos Yesterday at 9:12 pm

» N&C Midwest—January 2018!!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:08 pm

» Fourth Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:00 pm

» Colored Mulch
by SQWIB Yesterday at 1:50 pm

» Is there ever enough compost?
by has55 Yesterday at 2:41 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising 1/16/2018, 9:10 pm

» 2018 - First Annual Seed Swap Week - January 20-28
by Ginger Blue 1/16/2018, 4:02 pm

» Gophers
by countrynaturals 1/16/2018, 12:32 pm

» SUGA 2017
by SQWIB 1/16/2018, 7:09 am

» High heat tolerant tomatoes
by walshevak 1/16/2018, 6:03 am

» Mid-Atl - Jan 2018 - Brrrrrrrrrr! and Happy New Year
by AtlantaMarie 1/15/2018, 6:43 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in January 2018
by sanderson 1/15/2018, 3:53 am

» New England Jan 2018
by hammock gal 1/13/2018, 5:50 pm

» My first Attempt
by 21Actual 1/13/2018, 5:05 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:26 pm

» New SFG box-Humanitarian way
by sanderson 1/13/2018, 3:24 pm

» Drafts?
by trolleydriver 1/13/2018, 1:18 pm

» Hello from Northern Ontario Eh!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/13/2018, 1:07 pm

» January 2018 Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson 1/12/2018, 4:57 pm

» Review of Terms of Service
by Ginger Blue 1/12/2018, 4:02 pm

» DIY Plant Markers
by countrynaturals 1/11/2018, 7:32 pm

» Non flowering sugar and snow peas
by sanderson 1/11/2018, 3:21 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 1/10/2018, 11:19 pm

» California's Drought
by toledobend 1/9/2018, 11:55 pm

» Trellis mod
by brianj555 1/9/2018, 9:19 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Mineral Deposits

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Mineral Deposits

Post  briandhadley on 12/23/2012, 1:49 pm

Does anyone know if mineral deposits from hard water are harmful for a garden? My water is so hard that when the ground is dry you can see a layer of white deposits coating the ground.
avatar
briandhadley

Male Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-02-12
Age : 47
Location : St George, Utah

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  camprn on 12/23/2012, 2:00 pm

HI Brian, do you have a water softener in your water line? Do you city or well water? Minerals, including the salt used in water softeners may indeed have a detrimental effect on your garden. It may be worth getting your water tested to find out what you have there.

glad you\'re here to the SFG Forum.
I know there are a few previous threads about this subject. Use the search feature at the bottom of the 'Latest Topics' list to the left to locate some of those threads.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  briandhadley on 12/23/2012, 2:47 pm

No water softener. It is city water. Thanks for your response.
avatar
briandhadley

Male Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-02-12
Age : 47
Location : St George, Utah

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  plantoid on 12/24/2012, 7:11 pm

Hi Brian, Welcome to the site .. I hope youhave a long and interesting stay .
See if you can locate on line a typical chemical analysis for your local area supply ( I think most US states & water compsnies have the specifications available )

I think I'm right in saying soft waters have dissolved minerals from rock that is fairly easily broken down by carbonic acid ( big component of rain ) or decaying plant life. These are slightkly acidic

Hard water is usually alkaline in content often with a high lime type mineral content with no decayed plant material in its build up .

Are you up for using the " All new Square Foot Gardening " book as indicated in my strap line ?

When you said there is white showing on the dried out soil .....It took me back to when I was a Kiddy ( nearly 60 yrs ago ) .
Our soil at that time was so washed out and devoid of compost and decaying manure that is how it looked , it was a lime based black clay & quite crumbly in 1/4 inch crumbs or less .

Once it had been well manured for two years it started to behave like normal mother earth should

avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3769
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 67

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  littlejo on 12/24/2012, 7:45 pm

Brian, I used to have 'very hard' well water. If you heat water in a pan to boiling, then let it cool, it will form little hard granules on side of pan. I was afraid of getting kidney stones. The chickens would lay an egg, and I dropped 1 from about 3.5 feet up. It just rolled into the grass, it was hard to crack an egg to fry!
I got a water softner system. It pulls calcium from the water. It then uses salt to clean the system, removing the calcium, then the salt is rinsed out. No salt has been detected in my water supply.
I had good luck with gardening (row garden) before the water softner, and now, I have to add calcium(gyspum). I think the plants will only use the minerals that it needs. I think the garden will be fine as long as the water does not make the dirt hard as heck.
Jo
avatar
littlejo

Female Posts : 1555
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 64
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum