Anyone have thoughts/experience on best uses for wood/paper ash? A couple of questions have arisen in my mind on this topic:
Is it better to add ash directly to the soil, as in top dressing, or better to add to compost pile?
Does the ash likely contain any toxic gick? For example, if I burn the junk mail which includes glossy paper and catalogs and such, does the ash still contain residues, or is it ok to use in compost?
If I recall, ash tends to neutralize acidic soils - so presumably too much would not be a good thing. Is that true?
Thanks in advance for any input/feedback!