Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:41
Gardenviking, no argument there, I did say in the early post we put the ash in the compost mixing it well. Having lived through a time when every foot of land was needed to grow food which meant using fertiliser to maximise crops seeing land laid fallow for many years brought back to growing crops with the use of fertiliser we knew it worked. Fertilisers were used well into the eighties still are in fact only they are reduced and placed where needed instead of random scattering. In experiments on farm land with and without fertiliser you lose around one quarter of the crop when unfertilised so tell me how do we feed the rowing population of the world by going non chemical. I could not feed my extended family from my garden even if allowed to use the neighbours gardens after getting rid of lawns decking hard standing for cars etc.
There is no one answer to the problem of feeding the people though it would help if all of us did not waste the food we buy, if some wish to put wood ash on their plants they are free to do, my way is to use what I found works over many years of trial and error, making mistakes, some big ones, you live and learn, so good luck with your gardening, we all need that especially as Spring has not reached us in the NE of England as yet.