Garden tips – Wood Ash 101

A very quick lesson on the benefits of wood ash. I will have longer videos coming soon, but my schedual is packed, so I am doing the best I can do! hang in there yall! I hope you enjoy this…
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25 Responses to “Garden tips – Wood Ash 101”

  1. How do you apply wood ash to your garden?
    1) Do you just sprinkle it on the top surface?
    2) Do you bury it or till it into the ground?
    3) Or, …some combination of both?
    4) How does wood ash compare to Rock Dust as a fertilizer.

  2. MIgardener | Simple Organic Gardening & Sustainable Living Reply April 15, 2015 at 12:00 am

    +Stephanie Jones he was actually getting it confused with something else.
    biochar does not have to be activated. it naturally absorbs nutrients, and
    allows plants to reach them. it also gives a home for microbes, fungi, and
    bacteria which are great for the garden. it can’t be broken down because it
    is pure carbon and can’t decompose any more. 

  3. Biochar is wonderful stuff. I have had wonderful results with it. However,
    I like your explanation here as you demonstrate the difference between char
    and ash.

  4. Wood ash is also a great deterrent for slugs, they hate crawling across
    it. Simply put a thin layer on the soil around your plants. 

  5. Good one Luke! I also use the wood ashes from my fireplace in my gardens :-) 

  6. The Self Sufficient Life Reply April 15, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Very good, I’ve been burning off wood collected on my property and
    spreading the ashes under my fruit trees.

  7. Back in the day, you saved the wood ashes and mixed them with rain water,
    then filtered that and added lard to it. It was called “soap”. :) 

  8. Brads Greenhouse Reply April 15, 2015 at 3:49 am

    All good info! Wish I had a fire place.

  9. All very well said Luke, great episode. ;-) 

  10. Very cool video, wood ash is pretty helpful and very easy for most people
    to get.

  11. most useful info. TY.

  12. Keep these short videos coming! The main reason I watched was because I
    knew I would be getting information throughout the whole thing. No
    distractions. No goofing off. No wasted time. *Thumbs up!*

  13. To those of you that don’t have a fire place: The next time you have a BBQ
    the the real wood char cole. Simple.

  14. Straightforward, quick and to the point…NICE! Good presentation, Thanks!

  15. CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY Reply April 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Great short video packed with excellent info! Always wondered how to use
    ash and just haven’t had a chance to research it yet. Now I know! Just
    watched a video by One Yard Revolution on Biochar with some excellent info
    on what it is and why it is effective in the garden. Goes along well with
    this video!

  16. Excellent Luke :) the bio char is awesome in my opinion :) great video bro!


  17. sunny patch farm Reply April 15, 2015 at 7:25 am

    great info, we just added some ash to our compost pile yesterday!! hope it
    helps. keep the great videos coming thanks.

  18. Awesome tip! Just curious… What does Kyle Coulson mean in his comment
    below by saying to “activate the charcoal first before adding it to the
    garden”? What does activating the charcoal mean and how do you do that?

  19. Great video. I have been afraid of wood ash because I read that if there
    is chemicals in the wood (fire log, treated wood, etc), then it is a bad
    idea. But this is common sense. What really worried me is I also heard
    that it can mess up the PH. Now that I know it raises PH, I am much less
    fearful because my soil is generally acidic (soggy pacific northwest
    gardner). Thanks.

  20. Good idea man! Just make sure to tell people to active the carcoal before
    adding to the garden, because it will suck all the nutes out of the soil,
    so in the end your soil is not nutrients deficiene, I hope you know what I
    mean. Man I had a fire place lol. Oh and ashes are full of minerals

  21. Hey Luke I was wondering what camera you use for you’re youtube?

  22. Thx for this video! Time to have a BBQ to help my plant buddies :P 

  23. Ive always used ash in my gardens but not on my acid loving blueberries or
    potatoes. It is better to use it after composting if you have a lot of
    charcoal in it. The charcoal will absorb nutrients and then slowly release
    it into your garden soil.

  24. MIgardener | Simple Organic Gardening & Sustainable Living Reply April 15, 2015 at 10:53 am
  25. yes do more howto videos and tip videos they are helpful