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 .
(((Winter Gardening)) A cold frame with a glass top can give you a growing season, even in Maine, and it's the easiest and most economical way to extend your harvest. Build the one described here, and you're on your way to fresh veggies year round.
Use toilet paper rolls to start your plants. When ready to plant, stick the whole roll in the ground. Roll will decompose.the toilet paper rolls got moldy before the plants grew. I will stick with growing my seeds in plastic containers .