What is the optimal soil profile for a vegetable garden?I have a soil test...

Asked April 16, 2015, 8:09 AM EDT

What is the optimal soil profile for a vegetable garden?I have a soil test done. Organic mater 9.3%.CE C25. K saturation 5.1%.Mg satur 19.9%.Ca Satur 57%.K/Mg Ratio 0.9. Ca/Mg Ratio 5.6.Phosphorus m3-ppm 211,K m3-ppm 588.Mg m3-ppm 677.Ca m3-ppm 3803. UMD Phosphorus FIV 232.UMD Degree of P saturation 77. Do I need to add anything to soil? (manure,lime,leaf grow, other fert?

Montgomery County Maryland

3 Responses

Your soil is extremely high in organic matter and you do not need to add any.
However, vegetable garden pH should be between 6 and 7. You do not include the pH, but that is so important because with a too high or too low pH, your garden can have all the nutrients in the soil and the plants can't utilize them.

A soil test usually give pH so that you can adjust the pH. Soil pH tend to get lower naturally and will need lime to bring it up, but only a test can tell you how much lime you need.

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The soil PH is 6.7

A pH of 6.7 is great for a vegetable garden. You do not need to add anything at this time. You will still need to manage your crops, perhaps adding nitrogen as needed. vw