Lime, hydrated, calcitic, quicklime, fast acting, dolomite. help
Ok, i thought I understood lime. I thought it was basically crushed rock that you throw on your garden. The main purpose is to raise pH, and provide the ideal balance of calcium and magnesium, that's easy, i get that. So you buy a bag of lime, and throw a light dusting of lime on your garden, and your good to go. That's how everyone does it.. It really isn't difficult. "It's as easy as throwing lime on thegarden, some farmers know that saying like easy as cake.
So I go to a local nursery, buy a bag of "horticulural lime", mixed in about 1/4 teaspoon per gal of 511 mix, burned the hell out of my plants. Found out, horticural lime must be hydrated lime, because that's what was in the bag. Then some on this forum, say dolomite, dolomite, get dolomite, it's just crushed limestone. Then I stumbled on "lime.org", they say dolomite lime is quicklime. If dolomite lime is just crushed limestone, how is it quicklime, it isn't hydrated to make it quicklime? What's the deal? What kind of limes are there, what's the difference, what's the best for us gardeners to use???
It gets me frustrated, I'm a perfectionist and like to have a thorough understanding of everything I learn. I normally research myself and sort things clear, but I dont have the time now, and I figured a few sentences from you guys would clear things up. Thanks guys, you are awesome!
PS- Im almost frustrated to read my arrogance over.. Please, enlighten me.