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Re: seedling mulch


Kitty, I don't have it in writing, but from living in a place where oyster
shells ABOUND in the ground, I have been told by several reputable
gardeners, horticulturists , that oyster shells will not effect the soil ph.
Something about them not breaking down into whatever is acceptable to the
soil, I can't remember. I'll try and find a more detailed explanation from
someone more knowledgeable than me.
A

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 7:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] seedling mulch


> Well, I stopped in at the co-op today. They don't have any grit at all,
but
> he's ordering in a bag for me.  They carry starter or chicken grit.  You
> don't get to pick the type of granite like they do in England.  I
mentioned
> that we'd sell it at Bulbapalooza for critter control and he said he
thought
> oyster shells might be better.  We've sold those for 4 years, but I
> occasionally get someone who asks about OS raising the pH.  We already
have
> neutral to somewhat lime soil here.  I know you end up with more Calcium
in
> the soil after breakdown - and we don't need more calcium here - but I
have
> never been able to find reputable info on the pH of oyster shells.  Does
> anyone know?
>
> Since I don't have an answer, I thought I'd try grit this year instead.  I
> can mention its other uses and possibly sell more.
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@clubhouse-designs.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 12:59 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] seedling mulch
>
>
> > > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > Thanks, Marge.  I'll be checking on it tomorrow.  At this co-op you
> > tell
> > > them what you want, they find it on the computer - if there are
> > choices
> > > within that item, they'll ask which you want, and you pay for it.
> > Then you
> > > go have them load it up.
> > ----------
> >
> > Ah.....the 'no touchy the product' type place:-)  Well, best of luck
> > there....
> >
> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > mtalt@hort.net
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