Getting ready for cold weather and need to empty my ash buckets. Do these ashes have any benefit to my garden if I spread them there?
I spread all my ashes on the garden. hope it helps. It is heavy to lime and potassium and other minor elements.
Good to hear jimmyjack. In past years I have boxed it up and sent it out with the trash but that's a pain.
My garden doubles as both my brush burning area and my ash dump. In fact I have a days worth of brush burning to do tomorrow. Next spring all of the wood burning and brush pile ashes will get tilled in. Seems to work for me. Bob
Wait !! If’n you discard the ashes, whatcha gonna do ‘bout makin ‘lye’ soap ??
Seems like ‘yesterday’ watching grandma making ‘lye’ soap ,,,,,,, 🙂
too mush ash will stunt the veggies.
Same here. Plus I use them for the chickens. I mix with sand, diatomaceous earth and the wood ashes. The chickens bathe in it and it keeps mites off of them.
Moderation is key. My father in law thinks he ruined his garden by putting ashes on it for years.
Good for an icy sidewalk but it does stick to your shoes. Rain will wash it away
If I remember correctly,wood ashes are potash that promotes root growth.
also driveways IF you live in an area that gets snow and ice
Especially if they're still warm.....
oh hell yeah. That is what we use
Yep just spread them on an icy sidewalk.
They will track nicely into the house😮
I appreciate all the response guys. Since I've never put any in the garden (and I've been here 40 years) I'll go ahead this year. I don't think I'll be gardening much longer anyway. I'm in the country just outside of a town of 400 so we don't have those fancy sidewalks and driveways! . A far cry from my place on the far westside of Indy I bought when I was discharged in '65.
If you are planning on growing anything were you spread them, go light.
Fellow that works for me planted his garden, used wood ashes on half of it. He could tell to the inch where he spread ashes, everything was stunted, about half the size as the rest of his plants.
You can make lye water than add fat oils then presto soap!
When i was a kid, ashes from the coal burning furnace were spread on our steep. gravel/stone driveway for traction and ice melting. Never saw any go in the flower or vegetable gardens.
Interesting. Been spreading ashes in our thick evergreen areas for over 30 years! I don't believe it has had any detremental effects🤔
If you are desperate finding a place to dump your ashes, you could always make an elephant trap.
Dig a very big, very deep hole in the ground. Fill the hole with ashes. Then place peas all around the hole.
When an elephant comes along to take a pea, you just kick him in the ash hole!
bet you could put a few dollar bills around the hole and make a democrat trap........
Better protect that pile of pot ash because of the fertilizer shortage.