ash from fireplace - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by flyrodatl
March 16, 2010
i was told as a kid that ashes should go into the garden. If so, i have hardwood ash and some pine, where and how to apply? or can i mix in with clinpings and use later???

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010


You can spread small amounts of wood ash in your garden without harm to existing or future plants. Wood ashes are a good source of the minerals potash and calcium. You can use up to 25 pounds of ashes over a 1000 square foot area every 2-3 years without upsetting the balance of nutrients in your soil. If you have more ashes than that you can stockpile them in a sealed container for use in the future. Best wishes with your garden!

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