BC NEWS LIST
January 5, 2012 is the LAST day to pay your BC Property Tax before 2% interest is added on January 6, 2012.
FB users who respond to an offer for free airline tickets are in for a crash landing.
The Red Cross needs all types of blood - especially O negative.
Garden chores in January? Of course! We have to start getting ready for spring!
Looking for a dog to adopt? A cat? A rabbit? A horse? Asheville Humane has them all.
Start the new year right by trying this healthy Classic Italian Pasta Salad recipe!
Did You Know?
"Ask a CPA Day" - January 7
On Saturday, January 7, 2012, OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling and the North Carolina Association of CPAs Western Carolina Chapter are partnering to present "Ask a CPA Day". The day is possible thanks to generous CPAs who are donating their time to help people start the new year off with information they need.
Are YOU a Member?
Be a friend in 2012. Join the Friends of Buncombe County Public Libraries and support your local library.
Wood Ashes in the Garden
If you have been using a fireplace or woodstove this winter, you probably have plenty of ashes to dispose of by now. Wood ashes can be spread around garden areas, with some care.
The nutrient content of wood ashes varies, depending on the types of wood burned. They usually contain approximately 2% phosphate and 5 -10% potassium.
But the more important quality of ashes is their alkalinity. They are about 1/3 to 1/2 as strong as lime in neutralizing soil acidity. This means you should treat them like lime and only apply ashes to soil where the pH is below 6.
You would also never want to spread ashes around acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons and blueberries. If you have been applying wood ashes to garden areas it would be wise to have the soil pH tested before applying more. You do not want to get the pH of the soil above 7.
For more information, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.