Ph levels

The International Compost Sanitation Forum and Message Board: Humanure Handbook - A Guide to Composting Human Manure: Ph levels
Author: Curtis Folts
Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 4:31 pm
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I'm just starting my compost after reading The Humanure Handbook. The soil here in S.E. New Mexico is extremely alkaline, I understand wood ash increases acid content. You say don't add ash or lime to compost, rather add it to soil. Why? Does it interfere with the thermophilic process, or is it strictly a ph level issue?

Author: Joe Jenkins
Monday, October 29, 2001 - 1:11 pm
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Wood ashes and lime don't enhance the composting process but they do help the soil, so they should be added directly to the soil. Wood ashes and lime both generally decrease acidity.

Author: Curtis Folts
Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 10:51 am
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Thanks, it makes more sense that ash would be alkaline, and I understand hampering the composting process.

I just started using my grass clippings bedside commode the smell is amazingly easy to control with simple cover by the grass. The compost is building nicely in the back yard bin.

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