Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nitrates from commercial compost 2

Ala laConte, I try to get the nitrates to effloresce.

General Process

  1. Place 2 gallons (compacted) of compost in a 5 gal painter's bucket
  2. Add 1 gallon of distilled water
  3. Let stand in warm dry conditions
  4. Add more water
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4
  6. Observe (or not) efflorescence

Actual process

24-Aug-2013: Steps 1-4 complete
27-Aug-2013: After three warm dry days, the compacted soil was still damp-verging-on-wet. I roughed the surface up to give more surface area for evaporation.

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