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6aseeder
Arlington, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8756089

i have some dust & very small pieces of cowboy hardwood charcoal left over in the bag. does putting that in my compost tumbler seem okay? the package says "no coal, no chemicals, just hardwood."(paraphased).

what you you all think?

thanks,
donna

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8772777

Very fine. In fact you might want to crunch it up and use it in potting mix.
There is an article in DG about "Bio char" if you want to read more.
Pewjumper
Glenwood Springs, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8773504

Being back east you probably have acid soil. Ashes are a good way to increase alkalinity. SallyG is right about cowboy charcoal being "biochar". Supposedly very good for your soil.

Sonny

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