Nature's pH Neutralizer
Dolomite lime is a mineral from the earth which contains a natural form
of calcium easily available to plants. The limestone it comes from
occurs due to the accumulation of water borne minerals over eons of
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As a very safe form of lime for gardens, there is almost no limit to
its use as a conditioner in soils, especially those sandy and acid soils
so common in the southern interior of British Columbia.
Wherever you see pine trees growing, that’s an indication that the soil will benefit from dolomite lime. Old time gardeners used it to ‘sweeten’ the soil and combat excessively acidic conditions.
To check to see if you need to use this or any other soil sweetener, use the simple Home Soil Test on this site.
clay soils, dolomite lime will enable the clay particles to break up
and become more friable, allowing better water drainage. It also
enables the nutrients tied up by the pH to be released for use by the
Added in combination with organic matter it will improve most soils immensely in only a few years.
in specific garden beds to locally improve soil for growing Brassicas,
peas and tomatoes it’s invaluable. To prevent blossom end rot in
tomatoes which is caused by a lack of calcium simply broadcast the
dolomite lime along with ample compost over the soil.
end rot shows up later in the season, add more with a
liberal application of compost tea to wash it into the soil.
Sprinkle it in trenches for direct seeding or for planting out young
seedlings as it has virtually no risk of burning like hydrated lime
which should never be used in a garden.
Sprinkled over lawns or
gardens under coniferous trees it combats the acidity produced by many
years of needle drop, and raises the pH of the soil enough to enable the
release and use of nutrients. In cases like these, it's safe to use a
large amount without bothering about pH testing.
I’ve simply added dolomite lime to these kinds of areas with no additional organic matter and the growth of plants is amazing.
Wood ashes are another pH adjuster that you can add to your garden.
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