Nails in soil and ash.Garden or compost?

newbie101lt1August 5, 2009

My mother in law has a great big pile of ash from there stove they burnt wood for years.Alot of the wood must had a lot of nails in it.The pile is full of nails and ash and dirt.You should see the size of the weeds growing in this stuff.Question is would this be safe to screen it and use it in the garden.Or add some to the compost pile in layers after screening out the nails? Theres prolly 5 yards of this stuff

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lazy_gardens

If you want to just get rid of the pile of trash ash, yes, use it. It's probably leached out the strongly alkaline stuff, otherwise you wouldn't see anything growing in it.

Instead of screening out the nails - they fall through the screen - use a really strong magnet to collect them.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 7:15AM
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newbie101lt1

Thanks.never thought of the magnet

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:03AM
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toxcrusadr

I burn a lot of scrap wood in my woodstove and I do the magnet thing with the nails. They go into the scrap metal box and get recycled. Or, if I'm stressed out I chew them.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:07AM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

The wood ash is very alkaline.

Because we don't know where you live, no one can say if wood ash is safe for your soil.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 1:34PM
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toxcrusadr

It may not be very alkaline now, if it's been out in the weather for years. Depends on how fresh it is.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 3:11PM
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newbie101lt1

Its been out there for years there's at least 5 or more cubic yards of it

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 4:05AM
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newbie101lt1

sorry here in ohio. sw ohio

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 3:47AM
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