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    Re: wood ash.

    The only experience with ash from burnt Pine was many years ago when a few acres of Virginia pine were sold off for pulp wood and the brush was pushed into piles and burned. The area was roughed up a little and grass seed sown. The result was a good stand of grass with no weeds. About 10 years ago a huge Tulip Poplar tree blew down and burned the following March. The soil was roughed up and grass seed sown. The result was a good stand of grass with no weeds.

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    Re: wood ash.

    Out west here we have mostly coniferous wood to burn and the ashes do woners in tne garden. I dont think it makes a huge diffefence if any between hardwood and softwood. You just dont want treated or painted wood.

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    Re: wood ash.

    Quote Originally Posted by Compo View Post
    When you talk about "wood ash", is this any wood or just hard wood ash? I can get a lot of pallets to burn but I think they are mostly Pine.

    I'd be surprised if they were pine. Most of what I use are "junk" oak.

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    Re: wood ash.

    Pallets are often made of scrap oak from the lumber mills. Most non-toxic wood is fine for burning to ash for the garden. Just be cautious about painted wood (old barn board may be permeated with lead from paint that has weathered away) and wood that has been treated with any chemical to resist insects and decay. If scrap wood has any chemical aroma when you cut a fresh surface, then I would avoid adding it to my garden.

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    Re: wood ash.

    Hay and straw will work to . I remember piling as much as we could on to burn .

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    Re: wood ash.

    i'd like to see side-by-side results of a plant with ash,,,and one without,,,,

    sounds like a job for DKH2 he's real technical with his baccy experiments,

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    Re: wood ash.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken View Post
    i'd like to see side-by-side results of a plant with ash,,,and one without,,,,

    sounds like a job for DKH2 he's real technical with his baccy experiments,
    Yep. Him or the other superman. :<))

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    Re: wood ash.

    All my wood ash is mostly oak ,cedar and pine.
    My plants are thriving good with the ash and soil mixture.

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    Re: wood ash.

    it seems like pine would be too acidic,,, to be a good wood for ash,????

    but perhaps the burning phase, turns it all into good ash,,,
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    Re: wood ash.

    All ash is alkaline as far as I know. The acid is in the smoke

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