Compost temperatures must range between 135 and 160 degrees F to kill disease-causing organisms and weed seeds. Because higher levels of heat disable beneficial microorganisms from necessary decomposition processes, temperatures above 160 degrees F are not recommended.
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Andrea Peck has been writing since 2006. Her work has appeared in "The Rogue Voice," "Information Press" and "The Tribune." Her writing focuses on topics about gardening and the environment. Peck holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a minor in biology from San Diego State University.