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06-28-2008, 05:40 AM
Does any one know if ptting ashes from a campfire benefit plots in any way? I wouldn't put them on exsiting plots but in areas where I would be putting in new plots or before putting in annuals. Just wondering. We have lots of camp fires over them summer and I remember my parents using woodstove ashes on the garden throughout the winter and wonder if it would benefit or not.

06-28-2008, 05:44 AM
I was wondering the same thing about fish blood?

06-28-2008, 06:09 AM
I know wood fire ashes make my tomato plants grow really well.

06-28-2008, 07:06 AM
0-1-3 as a fertilzer and CCE somewhere between 25-60% depending on the wood and the way it was burned. So you need somewhere between 2-4 times the tons of ash to equal lime. Thats a lot of ash if you think about how much ash weighs vs lime. But its good, none the less.

Table comparing ash to limestone (http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~blpprt/bestwoodash.html#table1)

Use of ash (http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~blpprt/bestwoodash.html)


06-28-2008, 07:08 AM
I always throw my ashes in the tomato garden....something passed down from my dad..

Side Hill Growler
06-28-2008, 12:17 PM

Here's some more data on wood ash

06-28-2008, 01:20 PM
I produce a ton of ash a year!...I have a Hardy http://www.hardyheater.com/
outside wood furnance that I heat my house water and home with.
The thing does a super job and I couldnt be happier with it. I use the ash for fertilizer for everything from food plots to the garden. Ill even dump ash into some of the drainages off my fields to help promote plant growth and control erosion.I create brush piles for wildlife habitat with every tree I cut. Its cheap heat as my most expensive bill in the winter is 120 bucks/month (I only have an electric bill with this unit)! On top of all its great excersize and gets you outdoors even after deer season. Dont mean to hijack your post... but I always enjoy talkin bout of my Hardy.

06-28-2008, 10:47 PM
Thanks for all the response and the links. Time to do somw reading.