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Old 06-19-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I was hoping there were some gardeners or geologists who can answer a question about Ocala's special soil. It is well known that Ocala ( or at least part of it) rests on a limestone ridge that produce the type of soil and grass that make horses strong and healthy similar to the blue grass region of Kentucky. I was wondering if that same soil is also good for gardening and can produce fruit, vegetables and nut trees that make people strong and healthy? Does anybody know? What is the Ocala limestone soil like for gardening? Does it need enhancing? Thanks
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Yes! My family has a farm out on hwy 200, and we grow tons of fruits and vegetables! They always come out perfect, the only problem is the damn Raccoons! Doesn't need much enhancing Ocala has some of the best soil I have ever seen besides South Florida.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Yes! My family has a farm out on hwy 200, and we grow tons of fruits and vegetables! They always come out perfect, the only problem is the damn Raccoons! Doesn't need much enhancing Ocala has some of the best soil I have ever seen besides South Florida.
Thanks for your reply. That is amazing. It's like a best kept secret. They talk about the soil for horses but never mention the possible benefits to people.

Why do you like the soil in south Florida isn't it all mainly just sand ?
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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soil in S fla?? hope the Ocala stuff is better. Hope to move down that way in a few months
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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soil in S fla?? hope the Ocala stuff is better. Hope to move down that way in a few months
The soil in the area around Lake Okechobee, not the South Florida metro area!
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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The soil in the area around Lake Okechobee, not the South Florida metro area!
Oh you mean the peat based soil of the everglades ? I have read good things about that.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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soil in S fla?? hope the Ocala stuff is better. Hope to move down that way in a few months
I hope all goes well on your move. Do you like horses?
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Why do you like the soil in south Florida isn't it all mainly just sand ?
We stayed in several places in the Ocala area and the soil is mostly sand with a little organic matter mixed in. I personally would not want to try and seriously garden in it. I saw too may chlorotic plants either lacking in Iron or nitrates or both. While there I container gardened.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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We stayed in several places in the Ocala area and the soil is mostly sand with a little organic matter mixed in. I personally would not want to try and seriously garden in it. I saw too may chlorotic plants either lacking in Iron or nitrates or both. While there I container gardened.
What you are referring to is commonly called "Sugar Sand" but is definitely not in all of the Ocala area. There are geological maps available that identify the types of soil in specific areas at the Marion County Property Appraiser internet site.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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What you are referring to is commonly called "Sugar Sand" but is definitely not in all of the Ocala area. There are geological maps available that identify the types of soil in specific areas at the Marion County Property Appraiser internet site.
Thanks. That's good to know if we do decide to move there permanently.
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