Treating plants with Agricultural Lime
Agricultural lime neutralizes soil acidity and raises soil pH, improves texture by loosening clay particles, improves soil texture by granulating sand and assists bacteria in transforming nitrogen to usable forms. It also alters salts of phosphorus, potash, and iron to available forms, neutralizes iron and aluminum which tie up phosphorus, and neutralizes toxic elements in the soil. It also stimulates microbes involved in the decay of organic matter, promotes growth of lime-loving plants e.g. iris, delphinium, bluegrass, and legumes, and repels rabbits when sprayed on peas.
Ag Lime provides calcium and magnesium-essential elements and Calcium helps plants build cell walls, aids in early root growth, improves plant vigor and stem stiffness, and encourages seed production. It helps prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes. Magnesium is an essential part of chlorophyll, it’s necessary for plant sugar formation, acts as a phosphorus carrier in plants and helps regulate uptake of other nutrients.
The following are types of Agricultural Lime (a generic term used to describe all forms of lime for agricultural purposes: Limestone (Calcium Carbonate), Dolomite (Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Carbonate), and Oyster Shell Lime (Calcium Carbonate). All three of these forms of lime are safe, slow acting, and generally excellent for home garden use. Since they work by reacting to acidity, they can be used with little fear of over-liming or creating too high a pH. Only slow acting forms like this should be used in composting.
Dolomite is the only ingredient in EB Stone’s Agricultural Lime. A single cup will amend 50 square feet.
Mexican Lime-Best in margaritas, but also excellent in other liquid refreshments.