Ashes to soil
My husband insists on dumping the ashes from our woodburning stove in my flower bed. He insists that the soil will benifit from the ashes. Is he correct? All I know is that my poor little spring flowers can't make their way through the ashes. Please give me some advice so I can settle this little problem.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Ashes from wood do lend some nutrients, like potash, to the soil and make your acidic soil more alkaline. However, the better way to add them is to put them in your compost pile and let them decompose so your plants don't get too much at once. And that way, your plants won't have to deal with an extra layer when they push through.

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