That ash useful, does not mean that it should be applied to the soil annually.You can not overdo it.It is not recommended to make the soil ash without first checking the acidity of the soil.Soil analysis should be done every two years.Many plants grow well on slightly acidic soils, so that the ash should be made in large quantities only in those cases when the soil in the garden is very acidic.Do not make the ash a culture loving acidic soil.These include radishes, potatoes, watermelon, blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and holly.
simple test for acidity done so: taking soil samples, moisten a small amount of distilled (rain) water and lowered into the soil mix a piece of litmus paper.Instantly change the color of litmus paper is compared with a color table attached to the kit of litmus paper.
ash contains potassium
Gardeners appreciate and use wood ash as a source of potassium and lime.Previously washed wood ash, and the resulting solution was evaporated.The resulting precipitate consisted
The advantages of wood ash may include the ability of the contained potassium curb the rapid growth of the plants caused by excess nitrogen, as well as to prevent premature ripening, which could trigger an excessive amount of phosphoric acid.From the plant potassium participates in the production of nutrients (photosynthesis) and their conversion to starch.Potassium plays an important role in the formation of chlorophyll (the green pigment in leaves and stems).
On the lack of potassium in the soil indicates the appearance of the leaves of plants.Because potassium is moved to the lower leaves of the plant to the upper, then the lower edge of his lack of first leaves turn yellow, then the leaves turn brown and become burnt appearance.In addition, the lower leaves may appear krapcha-toast and yellow spotting.
Ash hardwood contain more potassium than the ashes of softwood.The assertion that its useful properties are exaggerated, it is corrosive and harmful to the plant, is untrue.And that, and other ash can be applied to the soil in the flower beds and vegetable gardens.But potatoes annually make the ash should not be, because it can cause a scab - a disease, the occurrence of which the potato provokes neutral soil.On the other hand wood ash good year to make beds of peonies to better bloom.
contained in ash wood elements are soluble in water, so do not make mistakes and do not store the ash in the courtyard under the open sky.We must immediately establish a Council of Europe in the compost pile or add to the ridge, or stored in a dry place - in the garage or shed.If the soil analysis showed that the soil in your garden is acidic enough, make the ash in the spring, autumn or winter at the rate of 2.5 kg per 10 sq.m.
Adding ash to the compost
Wood ash is useful to make a compost heap, where organic materials contain a lot of acid.Too acidic compost pile material decomposes slowly.Properties allow ash to neutralize the acidic environment of the compost.But if the soil in your yard is alkaline to neutralize the compost ash is not necessary.If you do not neutralize the compost, then it may be a large amount of ammonia that can kill or harm the living in the pile of earthworms and beneficial soil organisms.
Nature is generous towards those who rightly adds compost heaps.Spores, eggs of insects and other organisms in the resting stage, disintegrating organic material, living in the soil, on the surface of the organic waste and even on food debris.Wood ash makes these natural inhabitants of the waste to be more active in the decomposition of organic material.
If the soil made wood ash (or lime), the plant remains, thanks to the activity of microorganisms, it will decompose and turn into nutrients.At higher acidity, these microorganisms can exhibit reduced activity, and the soil is not sufficiently accumulated phosphorus, nitrogen, calcium and magnesium by plants.Wood ash - a key to the storeroom of nutrients for plants.
application of wood ash in the economy is not limited to garden.It is good for lawns.Good ash hardwood contains as much lime as ground limestone used to improve lawns.Most lawn grasses grow best in soils with neutral acidity, because with such an acid soil nutrients for plants are becoming more accessible, more easily absorbed by the root system.
lawn grass on a well-proizvestkovannyh (or get a big dose of wood ash) soils are more aggressive than in the acidic soil and prevent weeds in your community.However, if the lawn is infested with weeds, it does not mean that the soil is acidic and it just needed the useful properties of the ash.Liming may not be a panacea.It is useful as a means of weed control only if the acidity of the soil is so high that the plant can not obtain contained in soil nutrients.