alpine flowers at Grey Rock

Friday, March 19, 2010

I received my first question about onion transplants! That's what I'm talking about. Hope more are coming as the garden season picks up. I realize not everybody is as garden crazy as I am!


  1. I'm the Mother-in-law to Ada's friend, Sarah Phillips and an admirer of your beautiful grandson, Caleb! I live in Tennessee, just north of Memphis. I started my organic garden last year in five raised beds and odds and ends of other places around our yard. I'm thinking I should have applied lime on my beds last fall. Would you recommend applying it now? How about as a side dressing to the things I already have planted? I have garlic, onions, variety of lettuces, cabbages, pak choy, peas, red and purple kale, artichokes and strawberries so far. My last frost day is about 4/15. We are in zone 7. I'd love any suggestions/advice you have and would love to meet you sometime. Thanks, Roxi

  2. If you are having trouble with too high of acid, low Ph, in your soil then lime is the way to go. I know that is used quite a bit in your area. Not so much a problem for us here. Using compost when fertilizing can help bring your raised beds to a more neutral Ph. I don't think top dressing will bother anything as long as it doesn't touch the stems for a prolonged period. If you can get Dolomite instead of just lime, you get some benefits from magnesium carbonate which increases the effect of the calcium. Potters use it for glazes. There is a whole magnesium/calcium balance you are needing, not just sweetener. Wood ash has a little benefits also (though a bit caustic), so feel free to add it to your compost pile, if you have one, mix ash into your soil over the dormant period or sprinkle where rain can wash it in. Slugs don't like it either! Thanks for the question, hope it gives you some ideas. Keep up your organic endeavors! It will be fun watching the babies grow up togather.