[permaculture] Wood Ashes
scrub at corrupt.net
Thu Dec 14 16:19:42 EST 2006
> Anyone know of any uses for wood ashes?? Besides lye soap and used to
> sweeten or alkalinize the soil.
I've come across references to use of wood ash lye in preparing corn, to
prevent the vitamin deficiencies caused by a diet high in corn. It's the
same idea as using lime with the corn--but wood ash (especially or maybe
only? from hard woods) is another way to process it. The wood ash lye is
created by leaching water through the ashes. I don't know whether or not
the process is identical to that for preparing lye for soap.
Hope that helps!
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