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    ciosisy is offline Assistant Cook
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    Hey guys,

    Wood ash acts as a PH buffer or nutrilizer. It's better to be applied to acidic soil that you need to be less acidic, such as directly on a future garden site. I'm not sure what it would do with a compost pile,do you know?

    Any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciosisy View Post
    Hey guys,

    Wood ash acts as a PH buffer or nutrilizer. It's better to be applied to acidic soil that you need to be less acidic, such as directly on a future garden site. I'm not sure what it would do with a compost pile,do you know?

    Any help?
    Interesting.... but putting wood ash into your working compost heap is not a good idea for two reasons. Firstly a chemical reaction may take place with the nitrogenous constituents and ammonia can be released, losing nitrogen from the heap..., and also, the nutrients in the ash, mainly the potassium, are very readily soluble, so they will wash out of a compost heap.

    To use it as a fertiliser, add it to a growing medium... put it in your compost mix once you've got it ready to plant things in (I make my mix out of loam, leafmould and compost), or add it to the top of the pot or soil where it will wash into the medium when it rains or when you water.

    And sprinkle some around fruit trees, stone fruit likes it, and apples which suffer from 'bitter pit', a condition that some apples sometimes suffer from, especially Bramleys.

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    Compost Pile?
    I really want a compost pile, how do you make them? I dont want to buy anything, and 2nd question , how do you make compost tea?? i heard its really good for the plants


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