Wood Ashes In The Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Highland, CA
Question by donlain
November 7, 1998
What uses, if any, are wood ashes from my home fireplace? I remember reading somewhere that they are useful in gardening, just don't remember what they can be used for.


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Answer from NGA
November 7, 1998

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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.

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