The importance of ash in compost

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Why do we use ash during making of compost?
Answer: 

Most of the organic material used in making compost do notused in making compost do not have adequate amounts of potassium. Ash has a good amount of potash and that is why it is recommended for incorporation into into the compost. You can add ash after every layer of compost to ensure the trace elements in the ash are incorporated into your soil. When added to compost, ash can also help neutralize acidity in the compost as it is more alkaline in nature. It can also help to keep of harmful pests such as snails that may attack the crops you intend to plant. Do not use ash from charcoal as it has some chemicals that may be harmful to your crop if present in high concentrations.

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