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???


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010

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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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