A forest fire is devastating in the short term; but very beneficial in the long run. The ash depth after a fire is somewhere around a half an inch; vegitational recovery is sped up, uninhibited in a depth like this. If you do find yourself with a hefty amount (2” thick) throw a couple handfuls of Lime into the mix and rototil it up.
There’s nothing like a nice roaring fire on the cold winter’s evening. Also, there’s nothing better for your broccoli and beans than a smattering of non-forest fire ashes from your fire place.
Tree roots go deep into the mineral rich soil to suck up water rich in these minerals. They in turn deposit these minerals into the wood and leaves as the tree grows. The leaves fall and decay, releasing them back into the soil.
The wood you chop and burn turns to ash, a much smaller amount of what went into the fire originally, And since minerals don’t burn they too can be put somewhere where they can benefit the soil; your garden for example.
A word of caution though, don’t go crazy with them, they are very acidic.
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