Starting Seeds in Compost

Chris (6a NY)
January 16, 2019
last modified: January 16, 2019

I've read some discussions about whether or not you can use 100% compost to start seeds. If it should be sterilized, does it contain animal manure, is it aged properly, etc.

My question is how the heck does Charles Dowding pull it off?? lol I've watched a ton of his videos and a majority of the time he is using JUST homemade compost in his seed-starting "modules", as he calls them.

If the compost is aged well, sifted coarsely(not too coarse, just enough to allow for some aeration) and is completely plant-based(even though I think he has used aged manure-based compost too) what is the harm? Is disease really a concern if it's been aged long enough? Compaction? He's figured something out.

Sorry that was a bunch of questions lol

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