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ashes in the garden

ashes in the garden
Posted by Teresa Woods from Calif. on 2001-04-06 15:29:31

Does anyone know if fireplace ashes are good for the garden? flowers or veggies.

teresa

  • Ashes
    Posted by Daryl from Ga. Zone 7 on 2001-04-08 15:18:59

    Quoting Teresa Woods: ------------
    -Does anyone know if fireplace ashes are good for the garden? flowers or veggies.

    In acid soils, ashes are useful to both add Potassium and to increase soil pH. Most soils in the arid west are alkaline, and adding ashes can raise to pH too high for good plant growth. Before adding them, I'd get a soil test done and see what your pH is.
    • Ash
      Posted by Leslie from Australia on 2001-04-08 21:28:13

      Quoting Daryl: ------------
      -Quoting Teresa Woods: ------------
      -Does anyone know if fireplace ashes are good for the garden? flowers or veggies.

      -In acid soils, ashes are useful to both add Potassium and to increase soil pH. Most soils in the arid west are alkaline, and adding ashes can raise to pH too high for good plant growth. Before adding them, I'd get a soil test done and see what your pH is.

      My Grandad always packed the ashes onto the paths in his vegie garden - "keeps those so-and-so snails and bugs off my vegies" he always says.
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