Have a chimney? Here's a different use for your wood ash. It could be used for any household cleaning needs that requires scouring. It can also be used in the garden as fertilizer and if you have a pen for livestock, the ash can be sprinkled on the floor and animal droppings before sweeping. Saves you a few pennies that would have been used to buy cleaning detergents. (Did you know that wood ash, specifically that of the palm tree, is one of the two ingredients for making native soap (the other being palm kernel oil) in some parts of Africa)
By NY from Upper Darby, PA
Hi NY...My basic heat source is a wood-burning stove. Some time ago I asked a nursery-type friend about the ashes making a drastic change in the ph of the soil. He said the best "counteraction" [neutralizer?] is to mix it with old coffee grounds! Both great for garden soil, but one would be more acidic, the other the opposite. 'Course, if one wants to correct their soil more one way or t'other, adjust accordingly. Whichever, it sure beats buyin' more garden-soil additives, an' is so "eco-friendly," too!
I use a crumpled up newspaper dampened and dipped in the ashes in the fireplace to clean the glass in the fireplace. works wonderful, when it has been out for several hours of course.
Woodash is good for seedlings and veggie plants.Sprinkle ash on the leaves, at the end of the stem it prevents insects from eating the leaves and ants on the ground and eating the stem.When you drying seeds for the next season sprinkle some ash on them.
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