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Old March 19, 2016   #31
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Thanks, here is the plan that we came up with.

I am sending her some of my tillage radish seeds and she is going to try them to see if they can even grow in that soil.

I think that corn would have been a great idea since it is such a heavy feeder but she already purchased some large pots and filled them with new bagged soil and dug them into the raised bed so that they look like they are growing in there.

I am suggesting planting some tillage radishes around the pots in the rest of the "suicide soil" and see if they will grow over the summer. Then if they do live, she can remove them in the fall and plant them all over the garden for the winter. In the spring she will remove the radishes and about half of the old soil and replace it.
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Hi Brownrexx,
Thanks for starting this thread. It has been very interesting.
It sounds like you have a good plan. I hope things work out well.
It would be great if you could post a follow up in this thread sometime in the future.
Thanks again.
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I will definitely post a follow up but it probably won't happen until spring when she will repeat the soil test.

I am sending her some of my tillage radish seeds tomorrow and I'll let you know if they can live in this soil.

Thanks for all of the feedback everyone.
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Old March 24, 2016   #34
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The pH was great, so I'd suggest putting in a few seeds of several veggie types and not add N or anything but water, sun and a prayer. See what grows. BUT I would try to replace all of it.

If she is getting her money back, I'd sure removed the soil and replace it with something else. I wouldn't mix what is in the beds now with new even 50%.

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My gut feeling is that the N is probably not low in that mix. Corn is in the grass family and sweet corn may grow well in that mix. If your friend is in to sweet corn, I would suggest trying to grow a variety like Mirai which was developed at a farm in Harvard, Illinois. http://www.twingardenfarms.com/
Quite a few seed companies sell it. I would suggest that your friend check around for best prices. It is the only sweet corn I grow.
As a side note, I am not associated with Mirai corn or Twin Garden Farms in any way shape or form.
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Best price on the Mirai corn is Harris seeds.

I buy it every year and have bought from Twin Farms, Harris and Kitwana (spelling) seeds.
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