You will find yourself a partner In the Glory of the Garden. Oh,
Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees That half a proper gardener's
work is done upon his knees, So when your work is finished, you can wash your
hands and pray For the Glory of the Garden that it may not pass away!
Andrew Proud explained that this was but the third meeting of the coalition. The first meeting was at Barley’s on Dublin Road in Grandview. We’ll be meeting at Barley’s again on May 5. Richard spoke about his garden and explained that they were putting in a back flow water system with soaker hoses. He did not have a cost estimate yet.
- overwatering is bad for plants because it fills prevents the roots from taking up oxygen from the gaps in the soil. Who knew?
- Worthington Oak trees are dying from a lack of manganese.
- He discussed improving the nitrogen content of soil with Ammonium sulfate (which is a great acidifier and does best if first dissolved in water and spread evenly over the garden).
- Calcium is also good for raising pH. Corn, squash and peppers need lots of nitrogen, but tomatoes do not.
- Turf seed starter fertilizer is a good source of phosphorus, which is otherwise pretty expensive and can also be obtained from bone meal (from marine animals).
- Potassium can be obtained from sunflower seed ash and wood ashes (which are otherwise mostly made of calcium).
- Magnesium is necessary for the manufacture of chlorophyll and can be obtained from regular Epsom salt.