Ashes and Switches

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by CrawfishPie, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. CrawfishPie

    CrawfishPie Mississippi mudbug

    Nov 7, 2005
    good old U.S. of A
    I depend on a fireplace insert to heat my entire home during the winter months, which means that burned wood creates a LOT of ashes. My question is this, after i have removed the aches from the firebox and sufficiently cooled them down, what would be the best thing to do with them? Are they good for a prospective garden spot? Is there any good stuff there to benefit my outside plants, i.e. iris bed, roses, gardenia bushes or fruit trees? I have in years past put them in the chicken pens for dusting and they just love that, but unfortunately at this time, i'm chickenless :shrug: thanks in advance
  2. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    Think of the ashes as applying lime. Sprinkle liberally but sparingly throughout the garden. Don't put under acid loving plants or bushes (azaleas, hydrangeas--unless you like them pink).

    Put your bones in the fire and get even more fertilizing action.