[permaculture] Humus

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Sat Nov 12 22:59:10 EST 2011

On 11/12/2011 7:14 PM, John D'hondt wrote:
> There are quite a few nitrogens in humic acid which might account partly for
> the fertility it imbues but to me the structure of the molecule has always

Humus is a molecule? Is this it:


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> made me think of a soil hormone, of something with a messenger function.
> john
>>> In soil science, humus refers to any organic matter that has
>>> reached a point of stability, where it will break down no further
>>> and might, if conditions do not change, remain as it is for
>>> centuries, if not millennia.
>> The meaning of the term humus has changed over time.  To jumble together
>> several interpretations of the term in the Wikipedia definition doesn’t do
>> justice to any of them. Nor does it bring us any closer to what humus
>> actually is.
>> In my book, humus is a living organism that is in constant
>> transformation - that never stops to break down, to transform and to
>> rebuild itself.  It is the dynamic interface between the organic and the
>> non-organic, the place where life on this planet constantly renews itself.

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