We're pullin' for ya on this end too Scott. For the first time I'll also be adding Elemental Sulfur to my garden beds to lower the pH in my garden. From what I read, it looks like the soil-dwelling microbes need warm, moist conditions to convert the sulfur to weak sulfuric acid and the process takes at least a couple of months. I'm really looking forward to the results of my soil test this time next year to see if I'm on the right track. I'll be interested to see how using the blood meal works out for lowering your pH as well. Cheers!
I already added a half dose of elemental sulfur 2 weeks ago along with a half dose of blood meal. Before doing so I sectioned off the garden to make permanent walkways and growing areas. I made a map of all the areas and took measurements, did the math to figure the dosage per area. Then removed the RCW on top to expose the dirt below, added the goodies and replaced the RCW. Quite the workout!
I was impressed at how much the RCW had broken down when I raked it off the top. No longer tilling it in, the last time was either winter 2015 or 2016 spring. It was re-ground to a fine mix prior to adding and when I dug down I can see it had broken down completely. One thing I haven't been able to find is the NPK values of RCW.
Home Depot had the best price on the Elemental Sulfur around here. 20lbs for around $20-$22.
When I tested the soil Ph with my meter it came out to 7.8; and that's what the soil test showed. I used neutral water and added the soil, let it set after a few good shakes. So I'll test it again just before I plant. But I won't add anymore sulfur until the spring garden is done. If I dropped it .4, I'll be happy for year one. I'd love to see it in the optimal ranges