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potatoes growing in compost

Can I Grow Potatoes In Straight Compost: + how to increase its P and K

You may have read about growing potatoes in compost and wondered if it was really a good idea. Technically, potatoes can be grown in compost alone, but it isn’t always the best choice. Amending your soil with compost or making a potting mix with compost and soilless mix for containers may be a better choice. …

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sandy loam soil in a field of potato drills

The Best Soil For Potatoes: what it is and how to get it

Potatoes are easy-to-grow vegetables that will grow in nearly any soil. However, they do best in sandy loam with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.  Providing potatoes with good soil, adequate nutrients, and plenty of water will increase your potato yield and help prevent diseases. What soil type is best for growing potatoes? Potatoes will …

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slugs and snails eating potato plants

Slugs And Snails Eating Potato Plants: identification and removal

If you have noticed chew marks on the leaves of your potatoes in the morning but can’t identify the culprit, you may have a problem with slugs or snails. These garden pests come out under the cover of darkness and slip out of sight when morning arrives. Look for glistening trails on the foliage as …

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What Causes Soil Compaction?

Soil compaction arises when soil particles are pressed together, eliminating or severely limiting the air pores in the soil. Under ideal conditions, soil particles are separated by air pockets (pores) that allow water to penetrate the soil and allow roots to expand and grow. When the soil is compacted, the air pores disappear, limiting the …

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How To Lower pH In Soil Fast: what to add and why

In chemistry, pH is a scale used to specify how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH, while alkaline – or basic – solutions have a higher pH. If the pH level is exactly 7, such as that of pure water, it’s neutral. If your soil is too alkaline some plants won’t grow well so you’ll …

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