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PH is important, especially potato crops, want it 5.5- 5.8 range. There's tons of lime put on the land every year around here, pretty safe bet. You'd have to put a heck of a lot of lime on to be damaging. :D
It's  funny because the bedrock is calcareous around here, but no good to plants 6 feet under. Plus it wouldn't be soluble anyway unless they have an enzyme like a lichen would have to eat it. ;D Plants, especially tomatoes and peppers need calcium or the fruit rots before it matures.

Lime and manure mostly on the gardens here. A 40 lb bag of fertilizer does me 4 or 5 years. I've got stuff spread out growing on about an acre of ground. A lot of it is on an old barn site. I throw lime on every other year. My squash are twice the size indicated on the packaging, 1 lb onions, more beans than you could keep up with in three 12 foot rows, 40 lbs of grapes off 12 feet of vines. After we have had enough, I throw away a wheel barrel full of cukes from a 4 x 8' frame....Cortlands like baseballs....on and on.  ;D


--- Quote from: SwampDonkey on February 02, 2023, 04:45:17 PM ---Put a little lime on, it's often limiting. I put it on all fruit bearing bushes and butternut trees as well as apple and plum.

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Might be a good idea, as I'm also in upstate SC, most of the dirt around here is hard and very iron rich.  I'm getting ready to plant a few of the same species as the OP and would like them to take as quickly as possible.  We're very near the end of any freezing temperatures so I need to put together a plan quickly.  I've also got some crepe myrtles to install in the tree lawn as well.  My biggest obstacle is no water, this is up the road at my property so many of these will have to fend for themselves and takes what water nature offers.

Chris of Youtube letsdig18 commented today about a maple tree he was digging out for a pond already having buds breaking out. Think he is in NC.

Red maple break bud early anyway, silver maple are even earlier with their flowers. Sugar maple are a month later up here, then the hills are yellow. Beaked hazel flowers up here in April as do aspens and willow, they are our earliest. Butternut up here don't open up until almost June.

I can take a lot more winter before the busy times arrive. :D :D

I have read that fertilizing any plant makes it more likely to be eaten by deer.


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