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Soil and Composting: Wood ashes

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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


November 11, 2001
10:28 AM

Post #17774

Can I spread these in my garden with out worries? I think I may have read that they alter PH. My soil is acidic now - would wood ashes do more harm then good? I don't have a ton - just a couple of buckets full that came from our outdoor fire pit.
MaVieRose
High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

November 11, 2001
11:18 AM

Post #161051

try this link... http://eesc.orst.edu/agcomwebfile/garden/soil/ ma vie
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


November 11, 2001
12:33 PM

Post #161071

Ma vie - very informative! Thanks for the link ;o)
dave

November 11, 2001
12:40 PM

Post #161076

Sue,

I raised about 400 sunflower plants this year (common H.annuus) almost entirely for the stalks for burning.

Check out this quote:

"Those who undertake to grow Sunflowers should, however, bear in mind that the ash obtained from the plants after the seed has been harvested is, owing to its richness in potash, a manure of considerable value, so that it is really wasteful to use up the dry stems merely on the domestic fire; it is of more advantage to make them up in heaps on the ground, burn them there and save the ash."

Check out this page http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/sunfl100.html and scroll down to the "As Fuel. As Source of Potash for Manure" section. Apparantly, sunflower ashes are about the best kind of potash one can add to the garden, from what I've read on that site, and elsewhere.

Dave

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