A Winter “Welcome Back”!!!

Welcome back!!! Hope everyone had a lovely holidaze!!! Now the the Christmas decorations are put away, it’s time to think about what’s going on in the garden. I’m sharing two items today that come for K-State’s “treasure trove” of garden info. Both relate to winter and the garden. Enjoy!!!

Ashes in the Garden  

Think twice before adding ashes to the winter garden!

Think twice before adding ashes to the winter garden!

You may have heard that using wood ashes on your garden can help make the soil more fertile.Though ashes do contain significant amounts of potash, they contain little phosphate and no nitrogen. Most Kansas soils are naturally high in potash and do not need more. Also, wood ashes will raise the pH of our soils, often a drawback in Kansas where soils tend toward high pH anyway. Therefore, wood ashes add little benefit, and may
harm, many Kansas soils. In most cases it is best to get rid of them.

Compost pile maintenance

Your compost needs attention in the winter,just like any other season

Your compost needs attention in the winter,just like any other season

Compost piles should be turned about once per month even during the winter months. This will insure the composting process continues and that all materials are equally composted. A compost pile is “turned’ when uncomposted material is moved from the sides and tops of the pile to the center where it provides “fuel” for the microorganisms that break it down. Water may need to be added if the material you move to the center is dry. Check the moisture content by squeezing a fistful in your hand. It should feel moist but no excess water should drip out. Compress the material as best you can as excess air can slow the composting process.

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