It’s summer again, and that means bonfires and barbecues are in full swing, and while you may want to get rid of that half-eaten hot dog, don’t be too quick to throw out the ashes from your summer fun.
Many people don’t know that using ashes in the garden can help in many ways. Because ash does not contain nitrogen, it can be instrumental in the garden, particularly in your compost pile.
Wood ashes, which can be collected throughout the colder months from fireplaces or summer months from bonfires, are best used to maintain neutral compost.
Ash from lump wood charcoal, however, can be used. Coal or treated timber should be avoided altogether and not used in your compost pile.
It’s time to add ashes to your compost bin when you have a new or uncooked pile. Because ashes have such a high pH value, it’s important to add small amounts to your compost.
The incredible nutrients found in ash are soluble, so you need to keep it safe from rainwater. Find a container with a seal-tight lid and keep it in a garage or shed where it’s certain to stay dry.