10-16-2009, 07:55 PM
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| | Re: How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot
Originally Posted by Tausendblatt
I'm doing M-S-S, it is taking forever for my dirt to dry. It's been at least a week and it is still soaked... in the first wet dry cycle! (it is inside in a container... I know it would dry faster spread out...)
Other than that I have everything... I hope it works for the better.
In theory, you are getting more mineralization action from microbes. Aaron states this is the time it happens, when the moist soil is exposed to O2. I'm not sure if microbes and bacteria can keep performing as well in dry soil, but I actually prolonged my drying periods for this reason, by clumping the dirt into a pile while raking it periodically. Patience will work for you here and should lead to a higher mineral content.
Originally Posted by Vadimshevchuk
Stupid question....... What if u used a little of ash? would it effect water chemistry alot. I think it would have extra carbon right? I heard of ppl dumping ash on their gardens if they have a wood stove.
Wood ash could raise the pH, not sure how much but I don't think I would do it.