[NAFEX] Re: Hardwood Ashes
brucedhansen at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 3 12:55:48 EST 2004
Remembering that one must put the slop/pee pot and the ashes someplace and
as in the case with hominy the old wives found a useful purpose for the
byproducts of living on the land.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Doc Lisenby
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 12:39 PM
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Subject: [NAFEX] Re: Hardwood Ashes
Seems like I have heard that "potash" got the name from leached wood
ashes. I believe it is Potassium Sulfate or Potassium Carbonate which is
found in commercial fertilizers but I've heard "potash" used for several
different potassium compounds. I have also been told that different woods
yield different amounts of desired horticultural nutrients when they are
burned which is plausible. We used to use leached wood ash water to make
hominy and "grandma's lye soap" back in the '30s. Ashes seem to make lilacs
bloom profusely, but so does emptying the slop jar/pee pot on them.
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