Lowering pH

Peg Cook pegcook at northnet.org
Sat Oct 21 08:12:18 EDT 2000

Woodash will raise pH very quickly and will create problems of no growth in
a garden.  I have tested garden soils where folks have applied so much
woodash that the sample is more woodash than soil!  In addition, woodash
could contain heavy metals.

Charlie's soil COULD have a naturally high pH depending on where he lives
and what the parent material is.

Peg Cook, Agronomist
Cook's Consulting

pegcook at northnet.org

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Farr <rbfarr at erols.com>
To: market farming <market-farming at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2000 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: Lowering pH

> Why is the pH so high???
> Hugh Lovel notes, in "A BioDynamic Farm", that he added so much wood ash
> to his soil, he raised the pH above 8.0 and "nothing would grow there".
> Is there an/other alternative - can you move the gardens to another
> space and test that soil?
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