[NAFEX] Wood Ashes
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 4 13:26:47 EST 2004
I also dispose of wood ashes by broadcasting them under fruit trees, bushes,
vines. And on flowerbeds, and landscape shrubs, etc. I follow the motto
"less is more", and always try to apply them thinner than I think will do
any good, in an effort to aviod doing harm with too much.
Of course, I also broadcast only as much as I DIDN'T use on the driveway the
previous winter, so the amount of ashes available in the spring is a factor
of how much wood was burned, and how snowy the winter was.
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Wood Ashes
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 20:45:20 -0800
I've had very good results using wood ashes on my fruit. Potassium is low
in Oregon soils due to the high winter rainfall and a cup of wood ashes on
grape vines at budbreak remedies the problem. Also, peaches have less peach
curl when they get regular doses of wood ashes. Lost a bunch of ashes
yesterday, though, due to an unusually heavy snowfall (for here) and had to
sacrifice the ashes to be able to get the car out of the driveway.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
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ppy New Year to All.
I've got the wood stove running constantly now and I generate 5 to 10
gallons of ashes a month. I'm assuming these would be full of beneficial
trace minerals. I've got typical New England acidic soil as well. Would
spreading ashes lightly in a circle around the drip line of my peaches,
plums, pears, and cherries be a good idea? Thanks in advance for feedback.
Dan Hammond, New Hampshire, zone 5a
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