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jal_ut
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Yes, a ph meter first to see where the ph is. Lime can be a detriment if it is not needed.

If you find that your ph is OK, then you need to give it some fertilizer. Get some 16-16-16 if you can find it and give your plants a treat. Careful, don't over do it.

My soil has plenty of potassium and phosphorous, so I just boost the nitrogen with some urea that is 46-0-0. It doesn't take much of that to make a big difference in the growth of the plants.

If you are going to add lime, you should try to spread it uniformly on the whole area. The plant roots go everywhere so the whole area needs to be at the right ph.

Plant roots will go quite deep, so they do indeed go into the soil that your raised beds sit on, and will also likely go out into the soil surrounding the raised beds. Did you put a barrier? I think a barrier is a bad thing. What is your natural soil there like? Test its ph too when you get your meter.
Gardening at 5000 feet elevation, zone 4/5 Northern Utah, Frost free from May 25 to September 8 +/-

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thanks!

Most of the garden is not raised beds, I only have a couple. some areas I sprinkled the lime everywhere and some I put in the places that it went. The natural soil here is acidic. I have wild blueberries all over the place. :) we can't grow grass, etc.

as for the pH meter, I can't afford much so I am going to try and get a cheap one and follow the persons directions of using steel wool to clean it between uses. I hope it'll work. because I can't afford a good one :( I need to figure out how to though. Unless I get a thing that measures the nutrients too... I should probably get that right?

so if I need more lime, should I also put the lime on the outside of my garden as well?
Sheila, gardening on the zone 4b/5a line.

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Oh and also... I have a few volunteer tomato plants that rooted themselves in the hay bales around the raised beds I put in last year. those are doing awesome! Which I would have thought they wouldn't be doing that great, but they've caught up to all the ones I grew from seeds. so something is definitely going funky.
Sheila, gardening on the zone 4b/5a line.

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I put some worm castings tea on them this morning and I swear they grew today LOL. I gave them some seaweed tea tonight. perhaps this will give them a kickstart. And I am going to get more manure this week.

I will order a pH test kit though :)
Sheila, gardening on the zone 4b/5a line.

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