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1 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers Strainer

"IHot" Coh-poct Too

Adding "hot" compost to your seed-starting mix also helps protect your seedlings from disease, says compost-and-disease expert Harry Hoitink, Ph.D., professor of plant pathology at The Ohio State University, just amend a standard peat/ver-miculite starting mix with at least 5 percent mature compost, preferably from a pile that has recently been heated. Any disease organisms in the compost materials are killed in the hot pile. Then, as the compost cools, beneficial disease-preventing microbes reproduce quickly and get the upper hand. V

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