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Uses for ash?

BullibeBullibe Posts: 132
I have been wondering is the ash from the Egg good for certain plants?
Redneck Riviera, Gulf Shores, Alabama

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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 1,930
    It acts like lime- keep it away from acid loving plants like azaleas, etc
    Greensboro, NC
  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    I have a big spot behind my deck where most of the grass has died. I live on top of a mountain ridge where the soil is very poor. So, I am throwing my ashes onto this spot in the hope that it will help to enrich the soil. Yes, it is a feeble attempt, I know.

    Tim
  • ratcheer said:
    I have a big spot behind my deck where most of the grass has died. I live on top of a mountain ridge where the soil is very poor. So, I am throwing my ashes onto this spot in the hope that it will help to enrich the soil. Yes, it is a feeble attempt, I know.

    Tim
    I'm in the same boat, but I've given up on the lawn and use it in our garden

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,235
    Test to see what the pH of your soil is, and what plants (as above) might be growing where you spread it. My soil is slightly basic already, so the ash doesn't help.
  • BullibeBullibe Posts: 132
    Thanks, I guess I need to do some soil samples and see what I have now.
    Redneck Riviera, Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • bodskibodski Posts: 422
    I've been putting on my asparagus beds which respond well to lime. The current ph is slightly acidic.

    Cincinnati

    LBGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Gasser

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,617
    Spread mine on the lawn and flower beds, coastal BC has very acidic soil and moss thrives. I still spread lime every year, so the ash goes into the flower beds and onto the heavy moss areas - the moss is still healthy so I guess I need to cook more. 
    Good advice above, know your soil PH and if acid, the ash will help. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,468
    Spread mine on the lawn and flower beds, coastal BC has very acidic soil and moss thrives. I still spread lime every year, so the ash goes into the flower beds and onto the heavy moss areas - the moss is still healthy so I guess I need to cook more. 
    Good advice above, know your soil PH and if acid, the ash will help. 

    had not occured to me before about the moss wanting acid. i want more on the patio between the stones, maybe i should be mulching pine needles in the fall before the snowfall
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,617
    edited March 2013
    Spread mine on the lawn and flower beds, coastal BC has very acidic soil and moss thrives. I still spread lime every year, so the ash goes into the flower beds and onto the heavy moss areas - the moss is still healthy so I guess I need to cook more. 
    Good advice above, know your soil PH and if acid, the ash will help. 

    had not occured to me before about the moss wanting acid. i want more on the patio between the stones, maybe i should be mulching pine needles in the fall before the snowfall
    Coffee grounds and peat moss are the two most common "acid adders" for the home gardener. during hot summer days with a thunderstorm, your yard might smell like a Starbucks. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,277
    It is getting a little late in the year but you can use it to make a solution to help prevent ice on your driveway, sidewalks, etc:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_10070755_make-homemade-brine-solution-sidewalks-driveways.html


    Knoxville, TN
    Nibble Me This
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