Before going to the store to buy chemical products for your plants, check what is around you, that is, what nature gives you, in order to practice organic gardening , an increasingly popular alternative that is adopted by a growing number of people.
In organic gardening, ashes are very well used as they have many uses. It is a natural product that you can use on your plants and comes from the combustion of wood. In the countryside, this input is very popular, although in the cities few people incorporate it into the garden.
Although wood ash has several uses in gardening , one of the most common is the prevention of pests and diseases . It is a product widely used in organic farming because it protects plants from worms and fungi.
If you notice whitish spots on the plants, it is likely that a fungus has attacked it. You can sprinkle the ash on the top and bottom of the leaves or dissolve it first in water (5 tablespoons of ash in a liter of water) and then apply it to the plant. It is also common to place it at the base of the stem to serve as a barrier to the advancement of earthworms.
The amount of wood ash to be used will be related to the size of the plant and the number of leaves on it.
Another reason why wood ash is widely used in organic gardening is because it is a great natural fertilizer for plants due to its high potassium content , which improves the quality of the plant in general, both for the leaves and the shoots. flowers and fruits. It is usually added during the soil preparation phase, by sprinkling between 0.5 and 1 kg of ash per square meter of soil. Once sprinkled, you have to mix well to integrate them.
Remember to use the ashes only when they are very cold and avoid sprinkling the ground on very windy days. On the other hand, remember that wood ashes increase the pH of the soil, so avoid this fertilizer if the soil has a pH greater than 7.0.