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using wood ash

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Please can you tell me if I can use the ash from my wood burning fire in my garden and if so for which particular plants could it be beneficial. Any drawbacks - apart from the ash blowing around on windy days?



As long as it is just wood and paper then yes it is fine.
Roses love a top dressing of wood ash as do other plants that prefer alkaline conditions. It is high in calcium so do not use on acid lovers...rhodes, azaleas etc.
It is very useful around the base of fruit trees, Currant bushes and Gooseberry bushes as well as onions and garlic.
It is also very good as a soil improver on heavy clay soils.

3 Oct, 2008


Yes, I agree. I used to do that with my woodfire ashes too. I dug them into the soil a bit, but otherwise, one sprinkling on them and they won't blow away, the fine ashes then just sink in the ground. Especially good to use if your plants are attacked by slugs. These things hate ashes as it hurts their slimy underbody. Ashes too, especially the charcoal make the soil sweet and aid in draining, so yes, also put them in the bottom of pot plants.
Good luck with it all.

4 Oct, 2008


Put some into your compost bin as well - but a thin layer at a time.

4 Oct, 2008


Broad beans like a bit of wood ash (it's the potash they like). Just dig it in a bit

6 Oct, 2008

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