Adding Lime to an EarthBox

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Lime is a great potting element especially for tomatoes. See how to add lime to an EarthBox in this free video on gardening with an EarthBox. View Video Transcript

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Stan DeFreitas

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For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb". We've talked about earth boxes and one of the elements that you need to have is enough lime especially if you’re raising tomato plants. But it's true for many other plants as well. Now you know when this soil, we have a real peaty type soil, and that peat moss has a Ph of about 4.2. Peat moss normally is either, it could be 4 to peat, but its normally Michigan peat or Canadian peat and when you add peat moss, being very acidic, it tends to be almost to acid for some plants. Now what you do with that is get some dolomite. No you could get hydrated lime at your local nursery, but hydrated lime can burn. Dolomitic lime stone won't. So typically on an earth box, I will take my dolomite, and there again, like I did my fertilizer I tend to sprinkle it down through mostly in the middle and I use this whole little container of dolomite and then I'm going to take it and spread it around in the earth box. Now dolomite is something you don't have to worry about. It's a natural organic material and it's going to help to sweeten the soil. If you get a soil that is to acid many times you get in to a deficiency and you can even have blossom end rot on tomatoes because you don't have enough dolomite in the soil. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".