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Rudy's GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
Some uses for wood ash:
· Creates an alkaline area around the plants susceptible to cabbage root maggots. The maggots (worms) found in the root crops such as: turnips, radish, as well as roots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and mustard.
· When growing onions, a layer of wood ash or sand on the soil can discourage onion maggots.
· Slugs can be deterred with light applications of wood ashes or limestone around the plants.
· Can be used in place of lime to neutralize acidic soils. It raises the pH.
· Adds potassium to the soil.
· Used to neutralize acidic nitrogen sources, such as coffee grounds, when adding them to compost. One source suggested mixing a cup of high-quality hardwood ashes into every 10 pounds of coffee grounds BEFORE adding them to the compost pile. A pH meter would be helpful.
· Wood ashes contain calcium which helps prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes and "black heart" in celery.
Crushed eggshells (in a white container on the table in the shed) may be used to help deter slugs.
Martha's helpful hint for growing beans: