If your home has a wood stove or if you like to have bond fires outside, guess what, you can put all of those wood ashes to work!! Here are a few tips for using wood ash on the homestead.
- Ashes from hardwoods such as oak or softwoods such as pine may be used in the garden. Hardwoods will contain more nutrients than softwoods.
- Cabbage, broccoli, kale, and collards can benefit from soil that has been amended with ash. It’s better to add it to the soil well before planting.
- provide phosphorous, potassium, calcium, boron and other elements that growing plants need
- It is very alkaline so it will raise the pH of your soil.
- Do not use if your soil has a pH value of 7 or higher. It is good to test your soil before applying it.
- Make a tea for your tomatoes to increase potassium after the plants begin to flower.
- Spread ashes around the base of your hard wood trees such as apple trees.