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steenbean
May 4, 2017 12:45 PM CST
Hello. A bucket of wood stove ashes were inadvertently dumped in an area adjacent to my garden last winter. I'd like to expand my garden to include this space and am wondering if the ashes (now lye) will still burn any plants that are planted on that spot?
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DaisyI
May 4, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Welcome!

Wood ash is a good source of potassium. Dig it in. The only plants that may not appreciate it are acid loving plants.
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plantmanager
May 4, 2017 1:25 PM CST
I agree with Daisy. I used to always spread wood ashes in the garden and dig it in. Things seemed fine with it, but I didn't grow any acid loving plants.
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sooby
May 4, 2017 2:19 PM CST
steenbean said:Hello. A bucket of wood stove ashes were inadvertently dumped in an area adjacent to my garden last winter. I'd like to expand my garden to include this space and am wondering if the ashes (now lye) will still burn any plants that are planted on that spot?


Make sure you know your soil pH first because the wood ashes will make it higher as it has a liming effect. If your pH is already on the high side for what you want to grow there then it will make it worse.



smokingdonkey
May 4, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Hi
, ref wood ash it's also not good for potatoes as it can cause potatoe scab,
And only fresh wood ash is any good Also dont put to much in any given area, spread it all over .

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