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meco211 05-18-2010 01:23 PM

Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Was just wondering what everyone does with there ashes? Wondering if you could put them in your garden or any other uses other than just in the garage (which i don't have a problem doing)

Tscarborough 05-18-2010 01:29 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
They keep the flies off your garbage in the trash can.

meco211 05-18-2010 03:45 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
hmmm.. did not know that flies did not like ashes...funny they sure most other things that are waste

Tscarborough 05-18-2010 04:37 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Ash is sterile and strong PH, they do not like it.

BackyardPermaculture 05-18-2010 06:10 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by meco211 (Post 89872)
Was just wondering what everyone does with there ashes? Wondering if you could put them in your garden or any other uses other than just in the garage (which i don't have a problem doing)

Ash can be excellent in the garden, depending upon the existing acidity of your soil and the type of plants. Ash is generally quite alkaline, so don't put it on blueberries!

Archena 05-18-2010 06:41 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
1) Make lye and/or soap. Not actually worth the effort unless you just want to know how.
2) Deodorize trash cans.
3) Keep flies off dog poop - or anything else.
4) Possibly drive away fire ants. I've only tried once but it did seem to have an effect. I'll let you know how it works out.
5) Garden/soil/lawn - yeah, it can help but only in small quantities. Unless you want a swept yard, don't plan on getting rid of much ash this way.
6) Deodorize little boxes - labor intensive since you need to create clumps beforehand.
7) There are others but I can't think of them right now.

meco211 05-18-2010 06:57 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
wow soap out of ash! how the garden would do, if you spread it out around the plants. Mainly Tomatoes and peppers?

Archena 05-18-2010 07:27 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Here are some links on it - I'm afraid I've hit my limit.

UCONN IPM: HOMEGROUNDS: Using Wood Ashes in the Garden

Using Wood Ash in the Garden

gardening.about.com/od/soil/f/Wood_Ash.htm

texassourdough 05-18-2010 08:01 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Here in the hill country I was told to never put ash in my garden soil (because it is already basic). It can be very beneficial for some soils and some plants but typically not in large quantities. Alas, we can make WAY too much ash for reasonable use.
Jay

Les 05-18-2010 09:58 PM

Re: Ashes? Any uses to recycle?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Archena (Post 89900)
3) Keep flies off dog poop - or anything else.

Wow - and all this time I have just been removing the poop. ;)


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