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kaz

Is ash good for the garden?

One of my projects for the weekend was to regenerate a flower border but it is an area where ash from the fire has been tipped onto the soil. I seem to remember that ash is good for the garden.......or is that soot?
lottie

If it's wood ash it is good to use.
lizzie44

In my limited experiece a LITTLE bit of ash from a woodfire is good for flowering plants like strawberries and currants and raspberries as a spring top dressing but a big amount is not good - we spent years trying to get grass to grow on the site of an old bonfire. I would barrow away as much ash pan as you can and import loads of muck or compost with some fresh soil. Love Lizzie
agapanthus

Wood ash is superb for growing 'fruit' ie...onions, strawbs, toms, chiles, cukes. rasps etc.....not good for grass as this needs a lot of nitrogen.
Christine

In moderation useful. A very small amount in compost heaps is OK. But like alcohol, best appreciated in small doses not too often.
lottie

Wood ash can be used generously round things like tomatoes. The important thing with wood ash is to keep it dry until you use it or the potash washes out. It was one of the main sources of potash for gardeners during WW2 when fertilizer was in short supply.  Burnt dried bracken was a good source and  burnt ivy leaves provide potash and phosphates.
Digindeep

lottie wrote:
Wood ash can be used generously round things like tomatoes. The important thing with wood ash is to keep it dry until you use it or the potash washes out. It was one of the main sources of potash for gardeners during WW2 when fertilizer was in short supply.  Burnt dried bracken was a good source and  burnt ivy leaves provide potash and phosphates.


Spot on Lottie...

PS.....not that I remember WW2.....Honestly.... only what me Grandad  and Dad have told me....
MrsWW

We use wood ash from the open fire and the chimnea on the garden  

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