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Continued: Improve your garden by improving the soil

  • Article by: DEB BROWN , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 7, 2013 - 2:26 PM

You may have read that it’s OK to use wood ashes from your fireplace or fire pit. If you do, add them very sparingly. Wood ashes make the soil more alkaline. When used heavily, they tie up nutrients in the soil, making those nutrients unavailable to your plants.

 

Deb Brown is a garden writer and former extension horticulturist with the University of Minnesota.

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