Wood Ash for Survival Gardening

Wood Ash for Survival Gardening

(Modern Survival.org) – Which vegetable could be harmed by adding wood ash to the soil?

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

Answer: Potatoes. Here’s why…

Spreading the ash from hardwood in your survival garden can be very beneficial to many plants, but doing so may harm your potatoes. Here’s why…

Wood ash has a variety of uses in your survival garden. For one, it will help keep out pesky critters such as slugs and snails. The ash will dry out the slimy buggers, so they will avoid feasting on your plants if you put a barrier of ash around them.

Not only can wood ash keep out pests, but it’s also a great addition to compost piles as well. It offers a boost of potassium and calcium, which will help your plants thrive. It’s worth noting that wood ash does contain alkaline, so you don’t want to add too much to the mix.

Due to the alkalinity in wood ash, acid-loving plants such as potatoes, watermelons, and blueberries won’t respond well to it. Potatoes, specifically, are prone to diseases such as potato scab in alkaline soil — so it is best to avoid using ash when planting them.

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