Uses For Firewood Ashes
If you use stoves regularly you will quickly build up a lot of firewood ashes. Here are a few ideas for how you can use them:
- As a general garden fertilizer - sprinkle them thinly directly on your lawn or garden beds, or apply more heavily around fruit canes and trees. The rain will wash a thin layer in quite quickly.
- As a drive and path deicer - wood ash breaks down ice in the same way salt does. Spread it on snow and ice to clear the way.
- Feed tomato plants - Tomatoes are notoriously hungry for nutrients. When you plant them put half a cup of ashes in the hole.
- Ash is a mild abrasive - ashes on a damp cloth can polish brass or clean soot off the inside of glass door of your stove.
- Add a small amount regularly to your compost heap - sprinkle some ashes lightly on your compost heap when you add to it. The nutrients will improve your compost. Don't over do it or your compost may suffer.
- Block slugs and snails - they don't like crossing ash or charcoal. Spread a heavier ring around vulnerable plants to prtect them.
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