I need some help figuring out what I need to do with my soil and my well water to get the PH right. I apologize, up front, for what’s sure to be a long and rambling post; but I can’t think of a concise way to post what I’m struggling with. Lol. I’m waiting on a PH and a TDS tester and I’m still waiting on native soil tests, so I can’t be real specific; but an old soil test from a place nearby was 7.8 (I’m pretty sure this place will be similar) and I know our well water is hard so its going to be PH elevated also - likely with a lot of calcium in it. So, I’m hoping we can talk theoretically here. I’m just trying to wrap my head around the theory of what I’ll need to do.
I want to experiment with both planting in super soil I mix up (i.e. FoxFarm Ocean, worm castings, etc) and planting in native soil - I don’t mind mixing in some nutritional additives to the soil. Or native soil has some clay in it and is actually pretty good soil for growing lots of crops - there’s a lot of agriculture in our area and I’ve had pretty good success using it (slightly amended) for veggies and other plants. I plan on using a drip system from my well and I just found a product called the EZ-Flo 2020HB that can inject a PH modifying solution into the water line/drip line that will (supposedly) adjust the PH to a reasonably close range, once it’s tuned properly. It’s only $85 so it’s a reasonable option. I REALLY want to use a drip system I can automate because I won’t always be able to check my garden every day and it’s so hot around here much of the year that a drip system is absolutely the best way to grow anything around here. Where I get lost is how to end up with the right PH so that my girls can uptake what they need. For example, if my water is alkaline/high PH and I can’t get the system I mentioned to work, should/can I try to acidify my soil (particularly my native soil) so that the end result is around 6-6.5? Like, if the water it 7 can you mix soil at 5 so that the end result is 6? Or, is that a bad idea? Do I HAVE to amend the soil and the water to achieve a 6-6.5ph in both to get a good harvest?
I could sure use some advice here - my brain is swimming and feels like’s drowning in this subject. LOL!