Once the excitement of the annual bonfire is over what do you do with the ash. Allow it to cool down until its cold then scoop into a metal bucket making sure you remove any pieces of metal (nuts/bolts) which may be hiding.
Scatter on the compost pile and mix in. If there is a large amount of ash, store it inside and add it throughout the coming weeks as you build up the compost.
Slugs and snails don’t like ash so scatter a little around any plants you are trying to save. If it rains, you will need to replace it. Old gardeners also say, I haven’t tried it, to scatter ash when you’ve sown carrots and turnips as it helps to keep the carrot/turnip fly away. Other crops which like wood ash are parsnips, fruit (except blueberries), beans and peas (again old gardeners will tell you it helps to produce a better harvest of peas by improving colour and pod weight).
NOTE: I would only ever use ash which has come from burning wood/branches.