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Post  aspiegardner on 5/1/2010, 10:07 pm

Okay everyone of my boxes is an 8-9, one may be closer to 7. Is this too high and if so how do I lower it.

Also what do I mix in to get the soil acidic for the blueberries.

What is best for blackberry, raspberry and strawberry.

I went out and fluffed up all the boxes to get ready for planting in mid May after the last frost and boy is the soil cold. It's only about 20-30 degrees.

Do I just go by last frost date or should I have the mel's mix to a certain temperature before I plant?

Is there anything I should be planting now in this cold soil?

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Re: PH levels question & soil temp

Post  camprn on 5/2/2010, 6:39 am

Talk to the folks at your local garden store, and I mean someone who knows what they are talking about. Do you know any other gardeners in your area? talk to them too. Read the link I sent before (Thread: garden soil) as it directly applies to Colorado soils. call your County cooperative Agent, Randy Buhler, Logan County Cooperative Extension Office, Sterling, CO, office phone (970) 522-3200 email: rbuhler@coop.ext.colostate.edu
There are things to do right away to the soil that has not been planted and then there are the long term strategies that you can do to build up/ adjust your soil. It sounds like you have a bit of time as the soil is still chilly. Blueberries like acidic soil, your Coop agent can give you guidance on that. Remember gardening is a process, not an event. Perhaps this year you will be limited on what what you can plant due to your conditions, but things will improve over time. Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  new2this on 5/2/2010, 7:30 am

Good morning!

Here is a wonderful site for blueberries and bramble (rasp, blkberry plants) - it's awesome:

http://backyardberryplants.com/plantingguides/index.htm

I planted 3 blueberry bushes in containers this yr and I added (in a 1:1:1 ratio) -
peat moss
shredded pine bark
humus-based compost (NOT manure)

As far as getting the soil to proper pH, I agree.....ask someone in your area; a pro gardener if you know one or your ext office.

The key to a great garden is great soil, so get it right! You're already following the right steps by checking things out in the first place.

Also, once your soil is just right....lettuce and spinach and peas love this cool, wet weather. Nights here get down in the mid 30's and so far, mine are doing fine.

Be sure to check the back of Mel's book....he has the best charts in there as far as planting and germination temps and times.....it's helped me out quite a bit. Just need to know your own area's first/last frost dates.....easy peasy!!

good luck!

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Post  aspiegardner on 5/2/2010, 9:26 am

I will go out and plant some lettuce and peas later today, if I can find peas that is.

I have nothing planted yet just want to get boxes ready.

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