I need some ideas on what I can do with all the wood ash from our wood furnace and fire place. In the winter we use it like salt on the snow and ice. But what can I use it for now? Is it good in the garden?
By Diva53d from Foymount, Ontario
I use ours around our rose bushes and it helps them be so full of color and around my Azalea bushes.
Ashes work great in my garden.
I've read that SOME ash in a vegetable garden is ok but too much is bad. Since I don't know how much is too much I don't put any. We take it to the edge of the yard away from buildings and sort of spread it around. But then, we live in the boonies and nobody sees.
I believe ashes are alkaline, so don't use so much the soil pH gets unbalanced.
If you have evergreens in your yard especially near gardens or flower beds, the soil may become to acidic, causing plants and grass to die. You can get a ph tester and check to see how acid your soil is. If it is highly acidic, wood ash will neutralize it if you dig it into the soil.
If the wood ash has no large hard chunks, it can also be used to remove white rings on wood furniture caused by water or heat. make a paste of ash and water over the mark and rub with a soft cloth. Repeat if necessary. Polish as usual.
If you have a compost pile, that's a great place to put them.
Thank you all so much for the suggestions! I can use many of them.
CAll your local extension service, they may ask what you plant in the garden or tell you what kinds of areas in the yard you can dispose of this at.
You can actually buy Real Wood Ashes on Amazon. Just found it!
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