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  •  Soil has a lot of water in it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Do gardens and crop fields blow up every time someone uses fertilizer on them?

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    by Calouste on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:22:28 PM PDT

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    •  No... (2+ / 0-)
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      That is not what it is saying.  It is saying that when water is added to the mix, the ions break apart.  Which means that the nitrates will affix themselves to the soil and the roots.

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      by RichM on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:33:18 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think we disagree. (0+ / 0-)

        bobstern above seems to suggest that adding water to fertilizer makes it explosive. My comment is that, if that were the case, gardening would be a rather interesting experience.

        Repeal the 2nd amendment.

        by Calouste on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:41:21 PM PDT

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        •  Actually, that's bogus...because it's taken... (0+ / 0-)

          ...out of context as far as the ENTIRE thread is concerned, i.e. (among other statements):

          Nitrous oxide, by itself, isn't flammable...however...
             ...During the combustion process in an engine, at about 572 degrees F., nitrous breaks down and releases oxygen. This extra oxygen creates additional power by allowing more fuel to be burned...

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          by bobswern on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:47:46 PM PDT

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        •  That's pretty absurd, but, when you cherry-pick... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...my comments to make me look dumber than I am about the subject (and you really have to make an effort to do that...LOL!...as I note in my own words, above), then if you're making a point to contort the comment out-of-context with the rest of my comments in the thread, it's understandable.

          "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

          by bobswern on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:53:14 PM PDT

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