garden lime

Asked January 12, 2016, 3:53 PM EST

When is the best time to apply lime to a vegetable garden

Jefferson County Kentucky lime vegetable gardening

1 Response

The short answer is as soon as you can work it into the soil.

Timing an application of lime is not as important as testing to see if it is necessary in the first place. Lime is applied to soils to raise the pH. If lime is applied and soil pH is already high, then it may take a year or more to get the pH levels back to where they should be for the crop to be grown.

"Soil testing is a special chemical analysis that provides a guideline for lime and fertilizer needs of soils when considered in conjunction with post-fertilizer management and cropping history. A soil testing service is available to every Kentucky citizen through the University of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. There is a small service charge to cover the cost of handling and laboratory operation." - University of Kentucky

We can help you with testing your soil. It takes about 2 weeks to get results and the university will give you recommendations based on what you wish to grow!

Taking Soil Test Sample:
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/agr/agr16/agr16.pdf

Liming Acid Soils:
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/agr/agr19/agr19.htm

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
502-569-2344
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204