My research for the day is an attempt to answer the question of whether or not to put ashes from a wood stove on a garden plot. I've heard both positive and negative comments. You can easily spend a full day researching the question on the Internet. Here are my conclusions drawn from a dozen or so Internet posts:
* A small amount of wood ashes properly scattered will usually help the soil, especially if the soil is overly acidic. Large and concentrated amounts should be avoided.
* Never use ashes from wood that has been chemically treated or painted.
* Do not use on soil intended for blueberries or potatoes.
* Ashes from hardwood trees integrates into the soil more easily because it usually burns hotter and results in smaller particulates.
* Use ashes in a compost pile in small quantities, perhaps only one small bucket each 12 months.
So, I will scatter my ashes accordingly.