Mixing ash with your garden soil?

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In Technical & Discussion

Wood AshWhat to do with your wood stove ash?

Well I usually rake it into my garden as it seems a waste to throw in the black or brown bin. But this was only after a bit of trial and error. At first I didn’t mix it in and it then formed a grey lump which looked a bit like soft concrete. It turns out that this is caused by the calcium in the ash which usually makes up 25% of wood ash.

But I was reading a book last night which gave me a bit of a fright, it said that in general trees absorb heavy metals from polluted soils and these will remain in the ash after burning.  Understandably this led me to doing a bit of  extra research, and from this the main points of note are:

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