Ashes, Ashes , Can We Put Them All Around?

 Dan Sullivan, soil scientist with the Oregon State University Extension Service says that wood ash can be useful in home gardens, in your compost pile or as a pest repellent.

"Since wood ash is derived from plant material, it contains most of the 13 essential nutrients the soil must supply for plant growth," said Sullivan. "When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain. The carbonates and oxides remaining after wood burning are valuable liming agents, raising pH, thereby helping to neutralize acid soils."

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