By Kym Pokorny
OSU Extension Service 

Answers to three common compost problems


August 30, 2018

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If treated right, microscopic critters in soil will do a gardener's bidding, and turn garden and kitchen debris into black gold for the garden.

"There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of topsoil than there are people on planet Earth," said Nick Andrews, small farms specialist and compost expert for the Oregon State University Extension Service. "Compost is similar. It's teeming with billions of microorganisms for each ounce of compost."

Those billions of microorganisms aren't sitting still. Their metabolism works hard to convert organic material into fuel – activity that heats up c...

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