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Preparing the Site

Soil testing
Soil testing can provide information about the soil pH, nutrient levels, ability to hold nutrients,
organic matter content, and soluble salt levels. Using the unique results from soil test,
recommendations are provided for adjusting pH and nutrient levels, depending on who performs
the soil testing. Soil Testing can be done using the Soil testing kit(Sanchez et. al 2010)
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Adjusting soil pH
Soil pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a soil is. In general, vegetables grow best with a
soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Soil test results may indicate a need for a liming material if the pH is
lower than 6.0. Whenever possible, apply a liming material during fall before planting to provide
several months for these materials to begin reacting with soil particles. Liming materials include
limestone (dolomite or calcitic) and wood ashes. If soil test results indicate that the soil pH is above
optimum, it will need to be lowered. Some materials for lowering soil pH include sulfur, peat moss,
and cottonseed meal. For large areas, sulfur is likely the most economical option. Sulfur reacts
slowly with soil particles; therefore, allow several months for changes in soil pH to occur after
applying it. Whenever possible, apply sulfur well in advance of planting to provide sufficient time
for reaction with soil particles(Sanchez et. al 2010)
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Soluble salt levels
High soluble salt levels (beginning at below 0.40 millimhos per centimeter for some salt-sensitive
vegetables) can be harmful to plants. If the site is exposed to rainfall and snow, the soluble salt
level is not likely to be damaging to plant growth. Howeve, using a protective structure, like a high
tunnel, soluble salts levels can become high enough to harm plants. If levels get too high, there are
options for decreasing them(Sanchez et. al 2010) .
Adjusting soil nutrient levels
Vegetables remove nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium
(Mg) from soil in quantity(Sanchez et. al 2010)

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