If you use your fireplace and/or an outdoor fire pit, listen up: Save your ashes! One cord of wood can produce about 50 pounds of ashes, and these ashes have a number of beneficial uses around your property. If you grow tomatoes, sprinkle ashes and rake them into the soil; tomatoes thrive on the natural calcium in wood ashes. You can also spread the ashes as a border around the garden; they act as a natural barrier to damaging slugs and other pests. And finally, save the ashes in a metal garbage container and use them as a natural de-icer for your driveway.
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