Effects of ashes on soil?
We have a corn stove that produces a byproduct of ashes from the corn and fuel pellets that then needs to be disposed of. We also on occasion have ashes from a fire pit that could be disposed of. My garden soil is clay, but my other soil is very good(just not where I need my garden to be:) ) I am very curious about whether it is a good idea to dump the corn stove ashes (in the winter) directly into the garden. If they are not good there, what about in the compost pile. Would they be good or harmful is put in our already good yard soil? Obviously, if they are good for the garden, they would go there, and not the yard, as it is already in very good shape. If they are not good directly in the garden during the winter months, my second choice, if they are good for it, would be directly in the compost pile. I do not want to put them in my clay garden to find out later that I just added four years to my amendment process, so I am throwing this question out there in hopes that someone has a good answer for me. Thank you in advance.