Using Wood Ashes in Your Garden

WoodAshIf 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.

To learn more about making a tea for your tomatoes click here.  Below is a video from Appalachia’s Homestead with Patara on the uses of wood ashes.


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