Pellet ash in garden

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DaleZ

Member
Oct 18, 2007
51
Nassau, NY
First year with a pellet stove and dumped the ashes in my vegetable garden. Garden is doing terrible this year, not sure if it's related or not. Anybody else dump the ashes and have issues that might be related?
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
4,073
Eastern Ontario
My ash from the pellet stove is used in the garden but really well tilled in
Mind you most of my ash go's to ice on my lane.
My garden is doing well at this point but only in about a week
 

gthomas785

Minister of Fire
Feb 8, 2020
659
Central MA
Ash is great to raise the pH of the soil, but if you add too much it will be a problem.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Check your ph. You may have effectively overdosed on lime.
 

mtnbiker727

Feeling the Heat
Mar 11, 2019
252
PA
Unless you had LOTS of ash, and a little bitty garden, I doubt you added enough to make much of a difference either way. The soil has an incredible buffering capacity. In PA, for ag fields that haven't been limed in years, it's not uncommon to get a recommendation of 8 tons of lime per acre. I don't know the analysis of wood ash, but I doubt it's as high as calcitic lime.
 

Dix

Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
6,520
Long Island, NY
My ash usually goes in the driveway for traction, and on top of ice in the winter.

I'll add it to the flower beds/garden, but have found I have to till it in to get good results. The massive amount of oak leaves I have to compost, could be a detractor in this scenario :mad:
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
How the ash affects it depends on the soil. Organic matter buffers it.
 

DaleZ

Member
Oct 18, 2007
51
Nassau, NY
Ok. I wasn't sure if there was somthing added to it so it would hold together. I only dumped 3 pans in a 8x15 ft garden and tilled it in. We'll see what happens as the time passes.