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Steve Matthiasson steve at
Tue Oct 24 13:20:52 EDT 2000

While it is true that peat moss acidifies soil, it more complicated than 
that with compost. Finished manure or green waste based compost typically 
has a pH in the 7.1-7.8 range. Furthermore, if compost is well finished, 
with a high content of humus, it has a pH buffering effect--in an alkaline 
environment humus releases hydrogen ions (H+), lowering pH...but 
conversely, in an acidic environment humus disassociates hydroxy groups 
(OH-), which raises pH. For this reason compost is a safe and valuable soil 
amendment for both acidic and alkaline soils.

Steve Matthiasson
Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission

-----Original Message-----
From:	Peg Cook [SMTP:pegcook at]
Sent:	Friday, October 20, 2000 1:44 PM
To:	market farming
Subject:	Re: [Lowering pH]

If you are trying to raise your pH levels then you should back off on
applying compost, peat moss or anything of that nature as these amendments
will produce H+ ions and make the soil more acid.

I would strongly urge you to take a soil sample for testing first, before
applying anything else at this time.  The lime you are adding is it a high
Calcium lime or dolomite?  Dolomite reacts more slowing as well as supplies
Magnesium.  But, does your soil need Magnesium?  A complete soil test will
tell you this.

I offer free soil sample kits.  If you are interested or have questions on
testing, please feel free to send me a private email.

Peg Cook, Agronomist
Cook's Consulting
Lowville, NY. 13367

pegcook at

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