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.