Wood ash and the organic garden

Question ...

I have a plentiful supply of wood ash that I want to spread on my allotment. How can I do this without it forming a sticky mess or blowing around and getting in my eyes? When would be the best time to do this and which crops would benefit most?

Answer ...

Wood ash is a good source of lime, potassium and trace elements. Ash from a bonfire is best added to the compost heap where the nutrients will bind to organic matter and humus particles in a form that plants will be able to use. Wood ash should never be applied directly to the soil as it is quickly leached out of the soil. Using wood ash from preserved, painted, stained or treated wood is not recommended as there may be toxic elements remaining within the wood ash.

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