You should do a soil test first, Carol, as wood ash will raise the pH. The University of Iowa recommends applying no more than 20 pounds (about a five gallon bucket) of wood ash to 1000 square feet of lawn and gardens in late winter or early spring where the pH is below 7.0.
@Douglas Hunt I have killed one mature hydrangea by putting fireplace ashes around it.
We add ours tro our compost pile which also has a good amount of chicken manure and straw as well as organic scraps
Thanks so much!
You're welcome, Carol.
I knew some people who put the ashes around their raspberry bushes for the winter.
They had a good crop of raspberries too.
I use my wood ashes in my chicken coop for my chickens to take a dust bath so on the off chance you can't find anything to do with them you can always offer them to anyone that has a chicken coop and they probably love to have them
wood ashes are great for the grass.
One important thing to think about before throwing them in the garden or giving them to the chickens is: it depends on what you burned in your fire pit. Some people throw in their plastic coated plates and cups, printed paper, trash, etc. It's mighty tempting, since it all appears to disappear into the fire! You might not want to put all those chemicals into what you will eventually eat.
I dump my fireplace ashes on the area where I plan to plow up the space for my vegetable garden. I turn the soil w/a roto-tiller & include lime to sweeten the soil & fertilizer - a good 3 months before planting. I turn it again in about 6 weeks. The ashes help to keep the Georgia Red Clay from clumping.
Wood she's also help kill unwanted insects. Great for plants you can even make soap out of them. Good, good stuff. 😊