I’ve been meaning to write about wood-ash for ages, this may at first glance not seem like a very exciting topic, but it really can improve your garden, just take a look at this for inspiration:
I know lots of you have wood-burning stoves, and all that the lovely soft, grey ash can be used in the garden rather than chucked in the bin, to improve the soil and good soil is essential for strong, healthy plants.
Ash from wood-burning stoves can be added to soil to improve it, the ash from a bonfire can also be used, just as long as it only contains the ash from timber.
The good things about wood-ash are:
- It contains potassium, which is ideal for plants that have flowers, fruit and berries
- It can be added to the compost bin in thin layers, a thick layer tends to form a solid cap
- Gently tickle in a thin layer around the base of fruit bushes, so that the roots don’t get damaged
- It’s free and a good way of recycling something that would probably end up in the dust-bin.
It’s alkaline so the pH of the soil will increase if it’s used regularly, this means that it’s not good for ericaceous plants like azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
Read here about making your own compost.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson