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Chelated for the Blues

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In the Truth About Garden Remedies, Jeff Gillman talks about chelates.  I would suspect that many of you, including me, were not exactly sure what chelates are.

Chelates allow plants to take up the elements they need more easily.  The most used chelate is Iron Chelate.  It’s a quick fix for your blueberries, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Blueberry 'North County'

Blueberry ‘North County’

Chelates don’t last long so you’ll probably have to apply them once a month.  As always, read the directions for exact amounts and schedule.

Chelated iron

The idea is to lower the pH of your soil or rather, make it more acidic.  Soil acidifiers such as sulfur come in a powder.

Sulfur as acidifier

Sulfur as acidifier

Click HERE for my interview with Jeff about his book “How the Government got in your Backyard”

And for those of you who listened to my radio show:  Here’s a link to Robbie Robertson “Somewhere Down the Crazy River” – Catch the Blue Train!


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