How much compost on a bed

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Author: Knothead (Knothead)
Friday, March 04, 2011 - 7:30 am
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Thank you Joe and MD. So are ashes just as good as potash?

Author: Md_heath (Md_heath)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 6:19 am
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the literature in the ag universities shows that beyond about 10T per acre there is diminishing returns. this translates to about a coverage of 6mm or 1/4" thickness on the surface of the ground. i have laboratory testing and analysis to independently verify this with the compost i am producing.

Author: Joe (Joe)
Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:38 am
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Just add your wood ashes directly to the garden soil. How much is a good question. I suppose further testing after adding the wood ashes would provide some answers. Give the ashes some time to blend in with the soil. I put my ashes on during the winter months when I'm producing them (when I clean out the stoves) and then I roto-till the soil in the spring, blending it all together.

Author: Knothead (Knothead)
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 10:35 am
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I recently did a soil test on the compost that I used to make a raised bed. The compost was made last year. The test kit I used was very old and I'm not sure of it's reliability nor of my ability to use it but one of the results was that it showed a lack of potash.
I've read that wood ashes were used in the past to make potash by a process of boiling, but I'm wondering if it would be effective to just add ashes to the soil. If so, does anyone know how much to add and how often?
I think that I've read here at one time that ashes shouldn't be added to the compost pile.

Author: Nancybeetoo (Nancybeetoo)
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 5:38 pm
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I use about a wheelbarrow load for each 100 square foot bed. I also use compost as a seed starting mix, and for rooting cuttings. I sent in a compost sample for analysis and found out that it is particularly high in phosphorus, which our soils lack.

Author: Joe (Joe)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:33 am
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I often just throw a handful of compost in with each plant or right in a seed row rather than spread it openly on a garden area. If I have a lot of compost that I need to use quickly in order to empty out the bin, then I just dump it on the garden space and spread it around. I prefer to use it in a targeted manner though.

Author: Danilo (Danilo)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:14 pm
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How much (in pounds or kg) of compost do you put on a vegetable bed and fruit tree (per 10 sq.feet or sq.meter)?

Approximate figures will be also good :-)

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