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Ever wondered what you can you do with all the ash from burning wood in your fireplace, wood stove or camp fire? Wood ash can be useful in home gardens, in your compost pile or as a pest repellent.
The value of wood ash depends on the type of wood you burn. As a general rule, hardwoods such as oak weigh more per cord and yield more ash per pound of wood burned. Hardwood ash contains a higher percentage of nutrients than ash from softwoods such as Douglas-fir or pine.
Wood ash has long been recognized as a valuable substance. Many centuries ago, ancient Roman scientists and scholars documented the value of returning ash to the land. Check out 13 creative uses for wood ash below:
- Deodorize: De-skunk pets. A handful rubbed on Fido’s coat neutralizes the lingering odor from that pesky skunk or b/c you haven’t given him a bath in a while. 😉
- Stain Removal: Hide stains on paving by sprinkling ash directly on the spot.
- Enrich Compost: Before the organic compound get applied to soil, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes. Adding too much, though, ruins the mix.
- Deter Garden Pests: Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails.
- Melt Ice: It adds traction and deices without hurting soil or concrete underneath.
- Control Pond Algae: One tablespoon per 1,000 gallons adds enough potassium to strengthen other aquatic plants that compete with algae, slowing its growth.
- Plump up Tomatoes: For the calcium-loving plants, place 1/4 cup right in the hole when planting.
- Clean Glass Fireplace Doors: A damp sponge dipped in the dust scrubs away sooty residue.
- Make Soap: Soaking ashes in water makes lye, which can be mixed with animal fat and then boiled to produce soap. Salt makes it harden as it cools.
- Shine Silver: A paste of ash and water makes a dandy nontoxic metal polisher.
- Chickens: Put it in the chickens’ dust baths (or give them a dust bath yourself).
- Used in small quantities in your compost barrel, to deodorize and balance the alkaline pH.
- Water Purification: Wood Ash is a good water purifier.
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