Pellet stove ashes

Asked January 27, 2018, 8:23 AM EST

Can I use pellet stove ashes in my garden and compost pile?

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

Yes, the ashes from your pellet stove can be spread over the soil of your vegetable garden. Wood pellets are made from the sawdust of hardwood and softwood trees. Use the ashes in moderation as they can raise the pH of the soil making it too alkaline for vegetable crops. Do not apply more than 20-50 lbs. of ash to 1,000 square feet of garden area. Apply in the fall or winter and then incorporate it into the soil in the spring. Dispose of excess ashes in the trash not in your compost bin.