Using Wood Ashes - Knowledgebase Question

Goffstown, NH
Question by jgoodrich
April 16, 1998
I am planning to plant mostly tomato plants, along with some cucumber and zucchini. I am considering putting wood stove ashes on or in the soil when I plant my veggies. Will this help or hinder my plants?


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 1998

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Wood ashes are a good source of potash and calcium, but we don't recommend you use more than 25 pounds per 1,000 square feet of garden space, and they should only be applied every 2-3 years. Spread the ashes on the garden and dig or rototill them in before planting your veggies.

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