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Question: Ash

Good morning. Forgive me for my ignorance with this question ... A friend of mine passed by my house and seeing the vegetable garden asked me why I did not spill all the ash of my fireplace above the vegetable garden "because it is good and fertilizes" ... Well ... I I haven't done it yet ... better ask the experts if it's actually a right thing to do ... What do I do? Thanks for your reply.

Ahh a question, always on the cochineal… Was my persimmon plant chock full of cochineal (never seen before) the stretch with white oil in February? Thank you


Answer: Ash

Dear Helene,

the use of ash as a soil conditioner in the garden is certainly an excellent idea, as long as you use it in not excessive quantities. The ash contains a good quantity of mineral salts, such as potassium and phosphorus, with small quantities of copper and iron, therefore if we make the soil with ash remember that it will still be necessary to add a nitrogen fertilizer, such as manure. In general, about 150-200 g of ash per square meter of vegetable garden are more than enough, once a year. Excessive ash can make the soil excessively alkaline; absolutely avoid using it in the soil of acidophilic plants in the garden.

As for mealybug, if there are many insects, mix a pyrethrum insecticide with white oil, to be administered only once in February.

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