Wood Ash... Read all about it....

Discussion in 'Organics' started by Ohsogreen, Aug 20, 2008.

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    Ohsogreen

    Ohsogreen Well-Known Member

    Wood Ash - a natural pH up (fights over acidic soil), a natural source of minerals, a cheap amendment. All of which can be good things.
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    Since wood ash is derived from plant material, it contains most of the 13 essential nutrients the soil must supply for plant growth
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    When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases. Calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain. The carbonates and oxides remaining can be valuable in raising pH, thereby helping to neutralize acid soils.
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    So, how do I use them ? One teaspoon to a gallon of water is a good start. Before use, check the pH of your soil. Then after use, wait one full day and recheck your soil pH. As always, my approach is start low, go slow - it's a safer way of doing things.
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    Since, Hardwoods contain more minerals overall (five times more), than soft woods like pine; use hardwood ash.
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    Hope this helps...
    Keep it Real...Organic....
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    notorious

    notorious Well-Known Member

    thank you much....very informative rep 1
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    notorious

    notorious Well-Known Member

    guess i repped u before says i must spread the love......lol good read
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    goldenchips

    goldenchips Well-Known Member

    Hey Ohso, how about charcoal ashes, here in oregon hardwood ash is tough to come by, but kingsford is made from hardwood. If I dont use lighter fluid to start it, would it suffice you think, or should i use pine?
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    Seamaiden

    Seamaiden Well-Known Member

    I need my pH to go down. We do have three or for burn piles from which I sometimes gather ash or charcoal (we burn manzanita, pine, brush).
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    Ohsogreen

    Ohsogreen Well-Known Member

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    Goldenchips.... Kingsford charcoal will work, just start it with newspaper & dryer lint. After it has completely burned out & cooled down, gather your ashes and keep them dry, until use.
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    Keep it Real...Organic....
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    goldenchips

    goldenchips Well-Known Member

    right on, ohso, thanks.
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    Ohsogreen

    Ohsogreen Well-Known Member

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    Seamaiden.... To bring pH down... Use Nestea with lemon. The citric acid in it will bring pH down. Start with one heaping tablespoon to a quart of water. Water it in, using the whole quart for one potted plant.
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    The next day, check the pH (so it's a accurate reading). If it still needs to come down, repeat the process - until you get what you need. Safe, cheap & effective.
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    Hope this helps....
    Keep it Real...Organic....
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    IGTHY

    IGTHY Well-Known Member

    Finally someone listens. I've always used wood ash in the last two weeks of flowering and all the time the same results;full thick bud flowers.
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    Seamaiden

    Seamaiden Well-Known Member

    Awesome, and it holds it down better than vinegar? :)
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    Ohsogreen

    Ohsogreen Well-Known Member

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    Seamaiden.... Yes, it works as well as vinegar - with a greatly reduced risk of acid burn - plus it gives your plants a simple source of carbs....
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    Keep it Real...Refreshing & Organic..... Your plants will thank you......
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    Slevin

    Slevin Active Member

    good ol' kingsford haha
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    bouncy bob

    bouncy bob Active Member

    what about barby charcoal???

    off to have a big bonfire the weekend anyway but havent cleaned the barby recently??

    comments please
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    Seamaiden

    Seamaiden Well-Known Member

    I had to read that three times, I thought you were asking about BABY charcoal.
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    :o

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    :lol:
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    bouncy bob

    bouncy bob Active Member

    anything more positive to add?
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    Seamaiden

    Seamaiden Well-Known Member

    Not really. It never would occur to me to use a packaged charcoal product instead of just wood or wood ashes. :)
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    w99illie

    w99illie Well-Known Member

    i will keep this in mind...thanks for the info:weed:
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    candylime12

    candylime12 Well-Known Member

    could i use these for a hydroponic set up???
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    bagada

    bagada Active Member

    i just use dolomite lime to up ph
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    Seamaiden

    Seamaiden Well-Known Member

    And that's probably a more bounce-resistant method. It's actually pretty easy to find LOTS of ways to keep pH up. What's a hell of a lot harder is bringing it down and keeping it down with water that's well-buffered. When I was full-on fishgeek I would filter through peat moss, that's a solid.

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