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Organic Gardening: Homasote?

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Asheville, NC

January 22, 2010
7:38 PM

Post #7486061

I have a big piece of Homasote. What's your opinion of using it to start a no-till garden bed?
Windsor, CT
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2010
3:37 PM

Post #7522203

Since it's mainly paper pulp & glue, it would probably disintegrate rapidly after a few rains & turn to mush. On the website they warn against "saturation", LOL.

Here's a list of ingredients, you may want to spend some time researching them before you do anything:

And since it's made from recycled post consumer paper products, they probably can't say for sure what kind of inks are in it.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2010
3:54 PM

Post #7522261

Just from a quick look at the ingredient list, I'd be a bit careful--it's got both aluminum sulfate and alumina in it, and too much aluminum can be bad for plants. It's all a matter of quantity of course, having some aluminum around is fine so if it's just a small amount it wouldn't be an issue, but if there's a lot of it that could cause problems. Since they're using the hydrated alumina as a fire retardant it seems like there might be a decent quantity of it in there so I would definitely do some research on that before you consider using it in the garden.

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