• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Juniper ash as calcium suppliment  RSS feed

 
Chris Barrows
Posts: 52
Location: Western Side Of The Great Oak Savanna
6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Heard about this on the radio this morning:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/21/544191316/to-get-calcium-navajos-burn-juniper-branches-to-eat-the-ash


Has anyone tried this as a soil amendment?

I would expect a soil pH change, but other than that I can't think of a downside.

I posted this under cob, but it could definately apply to growies as well
 
Bryant RedHawk
garden master
Posts: 2839
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
233
chicken dog forest garden hugelkultur hunting toxin-ectomy
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
For this to be a good soil amendment you would need to change the molecules to a form that plants can take in, this requires both bacteria and fungi.

The particular juniper that is traditionally used for the dietary supplement is the "red cedar" an aromatic juniper with a white sap wood and blood red heart wood, also used for "cedar chests and cedar closets".

The ash is more basic than the wood so the change in pH would be different than if you used wood chips or the leaves for a mulch.
To get it right you would need to monitor the pH for a few months to see just how much of a change the ash effect was.

While I don't see any problem with trying the cedar ash on a test area, I would not go blindly forth since there are other properties contained in ash than those reported.

Redhawk
 
How do they get the deer to cross at the signs? Or to read this tiny ad?
FT Position Available: Affiliate Manager Who Loves Permaculture & Homesteading
https://permies.com/t/69742/FT-Position-Affiliate-Manager-Loves
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!