Ashes for Garden

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by whodunit, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We get alot of junk mail, and can only burn white paper in our wood stove.

    Some of the stuff we want destroyed for security/privacy reasons, so is it okay to burn the paper and use in the vegetable garden?

    My concerns are much of this stuff is colored, glossy-type paper, and some of it contains cellophane (you know the little windows in the envelopes).

    Any thoughts?
     
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    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Wood ashes raise soil Ph, so don't add much to your garden unless you have really acidic soil.
     
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    Abe R Crombie Well-Known Member

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    I tear out the plastic windows in the envelopes before burning.Glossy prints don't burn very well ,just trash burn them.Ashes can go in the compost as well...
    Abe
     
  5. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    THanks. I was wondering if maybe some of the glosst stuff might have some petroleum products in them. I don't want anything to taint my veggies.