When you clean your fire out what do you do with the pot ash?
Do you throw it away or do you use it? If you are throwing it away, we have to ask, are you sure you really want to be doing that? Not if you love gardening or passionate about growing vegetables.
For those who do "use it", we apologise now for repeating this, but so many people don't realise the pot ash they throw away is basically liquid gold feeding fodder for plants and vegetables. It's so super high in nitrates and far better than any over the counter plant food you can buy and it's a free by product and totally natural. What came from the earth is going back into it; it's as simple as that.
If you want to use your potash, this is all you do... (It really doesn't matter if your potash is wood or coal only or a mixture of both) all you need is the residue at the bottom of your ash pan.
Once you have this, there's no need for any additional faffing about. Just sling it on your flower beds or onto your allotment and let it leech in over winter, that's it. Let nature do the rest, it's that simple!
Here at home we have our fire going from about September to March and burn both a mixture of coal and wood so we get a lot of pot ash and not one bit of it is thrown away. We must accumulate roughly one to two bins (size of the green garden bins) of pot ash a burn season and we can really see the difference it makes, especially down the allotment. We've had not one bit of potato blight since we started using it which is many years ago now.
IMPORTANT- please read
Pot ash is not to be confused with soot. Soot is the stuff from the flue - the nasty residue which is carcinogenic and needs to be handled very differently to pot ash.
Soot is a 'live' residue which cannot be used straight away , it needs time to cure as such. Soot though, is without doubt utterly brilliant at killing stuff such as slugs AND your vegetables if you are not careful where and how you apply it!