Linda B
Linda B
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What to do with fireplace ashes

There are many more uses for fireplace ashes than I ever knew. 1. Compost bin - only a little amongst the organic matter. 2. A light layer around plants can keep slugs away. 3. A tablespoon of ash to 1000 gallons of water for a pond will keep algae down.. 4. As a fertilizer. 5. Cleaning silver.
Can you give more ways to use ashes?
Sprinkling ashes in the compost.
Sprinkling ashes in the compost.
My daughter's new fireplace insert. She loves it.
My daughter's new fireplace insert. She loves it.
Linda B

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  • Liz Cartier
    on Jan 16, 2016

    as a fertilizer? how much of ash? or just sprinkle on soil? a little more info would be nice.

    • Suz1343480
      on Apr 5, 2016

      Use very sparingly , maybe a handful around your trees , wood ashes are very alkaline and can kill plants if too much is applied. Don't use on acid loving plants such as azalea ,rhododendron , & hydrangeas . Peach trees will benefit , but use just a handful . do some research on line if you need to know exact measures .

    • Grandmasue10
      on May 5, 2016

      Fireplace ashes also pack down and make almost a rock. DO use sparingly!

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  • Mar2565409
    on May 17, 2018

    yes, I use them with my chickens to bath in to get rid of mites.

  • Mari
    on Sep 27, 2018

    I use the ashes from my woodstove to clean the window in the woodstove. Just pick up some ash with a wet paper towel and scrub the window. Then wipe down with a new wet paper towel. It works great!

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