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Ashes on Gardens Okay??
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Kentucky Gal    Posted 01-04-2003 at 12:37:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a woodstove out in the shop and were thinking that perhaps we could dump the ashes in the potato garden and the vegetable garden. Does anyone else do this? Is this okay? This is our first year with the woodstove and love it! Thanks for any "words of wisdom!"

Salmoneye    Posted 01-05-2003 at 04:08:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Peonies love wood ash...Between the peonie beds and the ice in the drive I can get rid of most my ash...

Hogman**** WOULD ASH WOOD MAKE BETTER WOOD ASH?    Posted 01-05-2003 at 19:01:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, tha Devil made Me do it LOL

Bob /Ont.    Posted 01-05-2003 at 19:44:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Only if a woodchuck, chucked it into the stove first Hog.
Later Bob

SOUNDS REASONABLE ******************    Posted 01-06-2003 at 02:25:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Save a lot of gettin up at night ta stoke tha fire if'en Ya had ones as would do shift work.:>)

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-04-2003 at 19:06:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
KG, wood ashes are good for a garden, coal ashes are good for filling pot holes in the lane or drive way. If your soil is too acidic, spread a bag of lime on it.
Later Bob

Berry    Posted 01-04-2003 at 14:22:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shows what I know, I use ashes all over my garden and in my compost pile, never had any problems. I also maintain a pile for the chickens to roll in as it supposedly kills mites and such on them. I think I read somewhere that they had to quit using those heavy metals in the ink, but what do I know?

Hal/WA    Posted 01-04-2003 at 13:42:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wood ashes help on acid soil. But I would not put stove ashes on my garden if anything besides good clean wood is ever burned in that stove. If you burn paper with colored ink, there probably have been heavy metals used in those inks. You don't want to introduce any more soluble heavy metals into something you are going to eat than you have to.

When I was a kid, we always dumped ashes in an area that was heavily infested with perrennial weeds. 30 years later, there is still nothing growing there. We did burn some coal though.

Ashes are about the best thing to use for traction on solid ice, so a lot of our winter ashes went on the driveway. But never on the garden.

TB    Posted 01-04-2003 at 13:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some wood ash in the garden can be beneficial but shouldn't be overdone depending on the PH of the soil and how big your garden is. Some other places I use ashes is in the compost pile donít over do it, around fruit trees sparingly and on the driveway after this past ice storm! Wood ash contain some potash but also has other components that if over done can become harmful.

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