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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Hi from a 'blow in' living just outside Strokestown Reply with quote

We're in our 4th year in this lovely country but it's the 1st winter of burning turf. I grow flowers & have a veg patch. Does anyone know if spreading the ashes from the turf onto the soil is beneficial or harmful to plants Question I have no enthusiastic gardeners around to ask. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Little Mo - from one 'blow in' to another (I'm in Castlerea, Co.Roscommon).

I don't know the answer to your question for sure, but I can't imagine there would be anything harmful in turf ash.

Welcome to the IG forum.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Thanks Sue. As the fires are burning brightly everynight now & the ash is mounting up, I'll give it a whirl. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Little mo.
Your ash will free up potash in the soil for you flowering plants and it is also a good addition to the veg garden.
As with many queries on IG, there has been mention of your subject already. Have a look through this topic..... ashes in the garden.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome from kerry,
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks GPI
I've just had a look at the topic suggested & it was more than helpful. It's good to know a bit more about gardening as up to now it's been trial & error! I'm just findng my way around the site, it's great so I hope the weather holds out for many more hours in the garden. Razz
Thanks also to Kerry for the welcome Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: hello from Elphin Reply with quote

Hello blow in from Strokestown from blow in from Elphin, we're amateurs but very enthusiastic. We live on the blackstick road so drop in sometime! You won't miss our garden, just before Kings estate house.
Re ashes.
I have found that a ring of ashes around my tender plants saves them from the slugs, so we put them around our perennial bed. Its a big messy when you are weeding or whatever but seems to work and have saved some of my plants.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: turf ashes are an infernal nuisance Reply with quote

Welcome Little Mo. The previous advice of using the ashes as a slug barrier is the best use for turf ashes and pretty much the only one.

If you try to scatter them across the ground make sure the wind is blowing away from the house and away from your neighbour's washing. If you lay the dust down in a lump it will turn into cement and if you walk on it when it is wet , it is nearly impossible to get your boots clean. I had some years of turf fires when I lived in Offaly and the fire was only mighty but the ashes were a right nuisance. I'm afraid I have to disagree with the suggestion that turf ashes are a source of potash. They have the same as coal ashes and much the same chemistry!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: turf ashes are an infernal nuisance Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
I'm afraid I have to disagree with the suggestion that turf ashes are a source of potash. They have the same as coal ashes and much the same chemistry!


In fairness no one said they were a source of potash. Wink The idea is that the ashes lime the soil and free up potash which may have been locked away in previously acid soil. At least thats the theory.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: limey peat Reply with quote

Hi blackbird,
I've a problem here.

Are you saying that the ash of peat is or contains lime?

Surely any trace of calcium carbonate would be long gone from the peat as burned from the time the peat was in the bog? I understood that potash was fed into fields as the K in NPK and that the ash of recently deceased carboniferous fuel contained actual potassium whereas the ash of long dead fuels did not? I also understood that K enables seed production. Its nearly 50 years since I last saw a chemistry book and I may well be going senile.

Help!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:18 am    Post subject: Re: turf ashes are an infernal nuisance Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
Welcome Little Mo. The previous advice of using the ashes as a slug barrier is the best use for turf ashes and pretty much the only one


Yup, used old fire ashes and pine needles to backfill paths around the raised beds, I'd like to think it helps against slugs and snails

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