If you're warming up by the outdoor fire pit, do this: Save the ashes. One cord of wood can produce about 50 pounds of ashes, and those ashes have a number of beneficial uses around your property. If you grow tomatoes, sprinkle ashes around your plants and rake them into the soil; tomato plants love the natural calcium in wood ashes, and they will thrive. You can also spread the ash as a border around the garden; it acts as a natural barrier to slugs and other pests that can damage your crop.
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