Wood ash to raise the PH in a bin?

antoniab(5 WofChicago,IL)May 13, 2010

When someone get a bloom of mites, I have often read people advising a layer of peat moss to dry off and raise the PH in a bin.

But peat moss is very acidic, right?

I have also read of people adding lime to a bin to raise the PH, or egg shells.

Could one also add dolomite? Or wood ash? would those hurt the worms?

Have you tried either of these?

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equinoxequinox

Worm skin is like our most tender skin.

Wood ash is used to make lye.

A person can be burned from lime.

I am not familiar with any long term posters on any of the boards that add line. If they do I doubt it is more than a tablespoon a month to a large active bin.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 3:52PM
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sbryce_gw

IMNSHO, if you overthink the pH thing, you will cause more problems than you will solve.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 4:03PM
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11otis

Many of us add crushed egg shells

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 4:45PM
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antoniab(5 WofChicago,IL)

sbryce, I am glad to hear you say that. I was going to ask next, how the heck to distribute said ph-balancing-material-of-choice through my flow through bin, if I decide the PH is off.

I think I will leave it alone.
I tend to fiddle too much.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 4:59PM
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sbryce_gw

How are you going to determine if the pH is off? How are you going to determine how much of what substance you need to add to the bin to adjust the pH? How are you going to insure that the necessary chemical reaction actually takes place?

Yes, leave it alone.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 9:42PM
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