Can I Use BBQ Charcoal Ashes In The Garden?

What to do with your leftover BBQ ashes? Why not use it in your garden?

Ashes are leftover 'un-burnable' minerals such as potassium. It will help your garden, especially if your soil is too acidic.

On the other hand, you should not add wood ash to your soil/garden under the following conditions:

  • If the ashes came from briquettes rather than charcoal lumps (some unknown additives may have been introduced in the manufacturing process).
  • If you have lots of meat and fat drippings in the ashes (attracts pests and is not good for the soil).
  • Your soil is already alkaline.
  • If your plants love acidic soil (berries).

The best advice is to buy a soil pH meter, understand what type of plants you want to grow, and measure periodically.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

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