Veggies and fruit trees will need more neutral soil then is likely there, between 6-7. So the ph will most likely need to be raised not
lowered. Ideally apples, peaches and pears between 6.3-6.8. Most veggies too.
Berries do need more acidic soil, raspberries and strawberries slightly lower than fruit, around 5.8-6.5, but blueberries require very low soil PH, about 4.0-5.3
I would assume the PH is low from what you described,but wood ash will raise it some. However for best results, test soil and amend for the crops you are going to grow. You can use a store bought meter, however I would really recommend contacting your local extension service. They will not only tell you PH and nutrient needs , but give you recommendations for amending. Keep in mind soil amendments take time. PH can take up to 6 months to raise or lower depending on soil and type of lime being used, so get started asap!
P.S. I am a commercial apple grower and would be happy to answer any questions regarding them in particular.
Statistics: Posted by theoutback — Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:25 pm