What can you use those wood ashes into? Make lye water out of ash. You can boil spoons of ash (clean white/grey fluffy ash) with water and then filter it with a coffee filter. Lye water is a great cleaning agent and sanitizer for .
Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and is a natural weed killer. Sprinkle baking soda around all of the edges of garden areas to keep the grass and weeds from growing into flower beds. Just lightly cover the soil twice a year – spring and fall.
Wood ash contains calcium carbonate around potassium and other useful elements like phosphorous, manganese and zinc. In terms of commercial fertilizer, wood ash contains (N-P-K). It can be an excellent fertilizer for your garden if you use it correctly.
Turn old newspaper into seedling pots. They can be planted directly into the ground as the paper will eventually biodegrade. You can form them by wrapping the paper around a jam jar or similar, or there are 'devices' that can be bought to make the pots.