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Soil experts - help

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Ann30-Jul-01 07:20 PM EST 4b   
Ed30-Jul-01 07:44 PM EST 5   
Ann31-Jul-01 07:07 PM EST 4b   
Brian @ P&P Plants31-Jul-01 07:25 PM EST 3   
Ann01-Aug-01 06:55 PM EST   

Subject: Soil experts - help
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 30-Jul-01 07:20 PM EST

Due to the long drought in my area, two small streams that were the overflow from a larger river have dried up, my question - is the black earth left on the stream bottom any good for the garden? It has hardly any smell but looks full of humus. Anyone have any opinions?

Subject: RE: Soil experts - help
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Jul-01 07:44 PM EST

For starters, it probably can't do any harm, so why not give it a try. The experiment depends somewhat how this material compares with the condition of the soil in the location where you plan to use it.

Subject: RE: Soil experts - help
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 31-Jul-01 07:07 PM EST

My soil is sandy loam and dries out rapidly as well as losing any nutrients. I got some of the "stuff" and let it dry out, it is a healthy-looking brown colour, so even if I use it for top-dressing it will keep moisture in perhaps.

Subject: RE: Soil experts - help
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 31-Jul-01 07:25 PM EST

Ann; Do you know what is upstream fro the place that you wnat to get the soil? Are there any ILO's that drain into the stream? There may be high Phosphorus and Nitrogen. or even a lack of. Are there any industries that would have put something into the water? If you can't determine what is in the soil, other than a complete soil analysis, you could use some of it in a test area or even a pot. Mix some of it in with your sandy soil and try it before you spread & incorporate it into your total area. Some plants react quickly to different things like pesticides, fertilizers etc. Does someone have suggestions on what plants could be used for the test?

Subject: RE: Soil experts - help
From: Ann
Date: 01-Aug-01 06:55 PM EST

Brian, this is out in the country, nothing around the water for miles, but I had a concern too, that is why I put the question to this list. But there are lots of fish and other aquatic animals in the main river, people eat the fish they catch. A few farms around and private homes. My daughter has called it "Black Gold" !!!

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