Do Just One Thing for October 01, 2017

People who use a wood-burning fireplace, listen up: Don’t scoop the ashes out of the fireplace into the trash. Instead, invest in a fireproof metal tin where you can scoop your warm ashes and let them completely cool down naturally. Save these ashes over the winter months and use them as nutrient-dense soil amendment for your garden, lawn or compost in the spring. It’s as simple as sprinkling the ash everywhere and mixing or tilling it into the lawn, garden soil or compost. Wood ash is loaded with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and aluminum.

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