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My grandfather recently passed away and I was able to keep a large piece of coal (Yes, a large "lump" of coal) that he personally mined for when he was a kid. I was wondering if it would be an okay idea to display this large piece of coal in my garden as a tribute to him, but I am not sure how this could affect the flowers I already have planted. I currently have Marigolds, Petunias, and roses planted.
I am a beginning gardener so all feedback would be appreciated! Thank you!
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This sounds like a great idea and important to you.  Coal is carbon. I doubt if there will be a problem. I think it is a safe bet to gamble on the impurities.   The most common one would be sulphur which is an element commonly added to gardens to make them more acid.
 
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Hi Libby, welcome to Permies!

I think that piece of coal is pretty cool. Coal is ancient organic matter, and if it were mine I'd put it in my garden!
 
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Yeah, I'd have no worries. Coal is just concentrated ancient organic matter in the first place.

In fact, leonardite coal is a fairly common soil additive, as it's oxidized to basically pure humic acid.
 
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Awesome! Thank you all so much! I can't wait to find the perfect spot for it now!
 
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Frosts will split it up into pieces over time if you get them in your area.
 
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