Square Foot Gardening Forum

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.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 11:40 am

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Today at 11:29 am

» Hello from central Massachusetts!
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:52 am

» N&C Midwest: October Happenings!
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:35 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 9:50 am

» Shallots, Prisma
by trolleydriver Today at 9:16 am

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 9:08 am

» Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by rajmahendra Today at 5:29 am

» Indian Solar Gardening Calendar
by sanderson Today at 3:50 am

» Mason bees
by rajmahendra Yesterday at 9:50 pm

» New England October, 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:56 pm

» leggy potatoes plants were started too early in the hous
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:38 pm

» Thin Crust Pizza
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 11:34 pm

» Our Newest Regional Hosts!
by Scorpio Rising 10/19/2016, 8:10 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by has55 10/19/2016, 2:15 pm

» November Planting in SoCal, time to keep working it and bragging rights time!
by No_Such_Reality 10/19/2016, 10:27 am

» Winter Hobbies and Crafts
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:48 pm

» Cucumber plant visitor
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:31 pm

» Hello all
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 7:16 pm

» The Most Annoying Pest In The Yard
by Scorpio Rising 10/18/2016, 6:45 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by sanderson 10/18/2016, 4:32 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos 10/18/2016, 11:17 am

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG in India
by rajmahendra 10/18/2016, 7:50 am

» mason bees-for 2015
by has55 10/18/2016, 6:20 am

» The Research Journey:Connecting the dots with Soil & Diverse Cover Crops
by has55 10/18/2016, 12:06 am

» Cinnamon Pickles
by yolos 10/17/2016, 11:31 pm

» who has chickens
by Ginger Blue 10/17/2016, 9:16 pm

» Lemon Grass
by Mimi2 10/17/2016, 12:28 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by Kelejan 10/16/2016, 8:26 pm

» MUSIC: Classical
by Kelejan 10/16/2016, 8:25 pm


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.


Male Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-02-12
Age : 45
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.


40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.

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


Outlander is outstanding!


Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13981
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
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.


Male Posts : 3
Join date : 2012-02-12
Age : 45
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


Male Posts : 3611
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

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.


Female Posts : 1528
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 62
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Mineral Deposits

Post  Sponsored content Today at 12:41 pm

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