Composting

Whether it's hot composting, vermicomposting, bokashi, or another method, you need to be doing this essential gardening technique to boost your soil.

sterilize compost. Close-up of a man's hand pouring a pile of compost from his palm against a blurred green background. Compost, the end product of the decomposition process in a compost pile, is characterized by its dark, crumbly texture and earthy aroma. Compost is composed of decomposed organic matter such as kitchen scraps, yard waste, and plant material, broken down by microorganisms and other decomposers over time.

Composting

Should I Sterilize Compost Before Use?

If you’ve had problems with plant diseases, you may think putting compost in the oven or microwave is a quick fix cure. Sterile means pathogen-free, right? Well, things are a bit more complicated than that. Former organic farmer and soil expert Logan Hailey explains the nuances of home-sterilizing compost and the science behind pathogen-free compost.