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Re: CULT: trace elements

  • Subject: Re: CULT: trace elements
  • From: neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 18:04:56 -0000

--- In iris-talk@y..., laurief <laurief@p...> wrote:
"...Are trace elements something one can find at a garden center or 
feed store...."

In addition to what might be found at the Feed & Seed, there is 
another source often overlooked--ashes.  If you have a wood-burning 
stove or fireplace, the ashes may be strongly alkaline, but also 
contain a raft of trace elements.

I am not sure about the chemistry of ashes, but I suspect most of the 
content of ashes may be made up of silicates and other mineral salts 
that do not vaporize at the relatively low temperatures of an open 
fire.  The problem is the -OH radicals--the alkalies--present.  One 
might note that the pioneers extracted LYE from ashes.

The simplest way to handle ashes is to spread them into the compost 
pile which not only dilutes them but neutralizes the alkalies present 

Ashes that contain plastics are probably not a good source, however.

Neil Mogensen  z 6b/7a near Asheville, NC

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