Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wood ashes and another lesson learned

Something I learned this spring:

If a gardener throws a huge bagful of soil amendments such as, say WOOD ASHES, in the spring garden, said gardener should not expect anything to grow. Such an experiment is best suited only if the aftorementioned gardener is curious to see the smallest amount of vegetables that can possibly grow. Sort of a reverse-John-Jeavons plan.

Actually, a few seeds actually sprouted. Surprisingly, I did get 2 peas to sprout, out of the three rows that I planted. It's a good thing that grocery stores still exist.

1 comment:

Lewru said...

Okay, so according to Rodale's, a little wood ash can be a good pest deterrent. Too much raise the alkalinity of the soil: "use wood ashes in moderation to avoid high pH levels that inhibit microorganism activity and limit nutrient uptake by some plants." It also lists unleached wood ashes as having an NPK ratio of 0-1.5-8. They are supposed to contain lots of beneficial trace minerals, though, so that's good.

If you add more compost, etc. the plot should recover in time for fall? Maybe?