soil amendments testing
I live on Cyprus in the eastern Med (close to Lebanon). My soil is a red clay like is used for man-made lake beds in Texas. The surface will have water standing in puddles for an hour or more but 1/2 inch down the soil is still dry. With our house we paid 600 euros ($750 US) for "good" soil for the garden. The test kit I tried listed this "good" soil at about a 9 pH. I have added Sulfur and mixed it in with according to the instructions and have started a compost pile etc.,etc.,etc. How long does the soil need to stabilize before I should try another test to see what the new pH level is? Since the Sulfur breaks down I guess I need a resupply plan. Elsewhere in the site there is a recipe for "rye flour" water which is believed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Is it acidic enough when used on a regular basis to keep my plants alive? We can't even grow a decent crop of weeds now.