Exploring Hydrocarbon Depletion
WisJim wrote:I have been using scrap drywall for decades with no noticeable ill effects.
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Nova Scotia gypsum, often referred to as plaister, was a highly sought fertilizer for wheat fields in the United States. It is also used in ameliorating sodic soils
Jotapay wrote:Not to mention the paper on drywall has Dioxin in it, which is a carcinogen when ingested in extremely small amounts.
smallpoxgirl wrote:Why would the paper on drywall have dioxin? Paper bleaching creates dioxin, though as I understand it that's an issue of contaminating their waste water more so than appreciable amounts in the paper itself. At any rate, the paper on drywall isn't bleached.
SpringCreekFarm wrote:Interesting Jotapay. Thanks for that.
Why do they sell gypsum as a soil amendment?
gnm wrote:I use some myself (not drywall, pelletized gypsum) to help acidify and break up the nasty thick alkaline clay we have... Partially decomposed pine needles also work as well.
Jotapay wrote:SpringCreekFarm wrote:I use some myself (not drywall, pelletized gypsum) to help acidify and break up the nasty thick alkaline clay we have... Partially decomposed pine needles also work as well.
snip........... The calcium that is left behind will decrease acidity, however, and make your soil more basic in the long run. Calcium is not as easy to get out of your soil once it's there.
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