Fertilizer terminology

J. Denys Bourque jdbourq@yahoo.co.uk
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 07:22:12 PDT
Dear all,

One contributor wrote: "Hearing "muriate of potash" and "sulphate of 
potash" strikes my ears the same way hearing "ain't" and "hain't" does 
now, too.   They are all soooooo 19th century.   Which is alright if 
you'd rather be living in the 19th century, I guess.  I'm just a chemist of the 20th and 21st centuries... If you're having a scientific 
discussion, there is no question which terminology is correct.  If 
you're having a literary discussion, that's a different matter."

I agree fully that when talking "science", we all need to use a 
standardised terminology. Only, let's not forget that many of us are not scientists, we simply like to grow flowers and use the terms we know. 
One of the values of a discussion group such as this one is to help 
those amateur horticulturists among us with such things. This said at 
63, I find it quaint to use words that are going out of business, in every day business of course, since they are part of our collective culture.

 J. Denys Bourque
Saint-Jacques, NB   CANADA

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