Ash is very alkaline... good for some plants, but horrible for others.
Overall, it is NOT a GOOD fertilizer, you're better off using other
commericially available fertilizers if you're having trouble with
things growing in you're garden.
If you're trying to grow blueberries, you'll kill them with ash.
Other stuff, like Okra, couldn't care less... but here okra grows like
Like you, I hate throwing anything out. I even shred and burn my junk
mail as a fireplace starter (works well, btw)... but seriously, you've
gotta let the ash go, it's trash. If it makes you feel better, the
landfill isn't trying to grow vegetables.
If your town incinerates it's trash though, it would be funny to see
the look on the fellas face who has to shovel ash into an incinerator.
Valley Center, KS