Are you relatively new to gardening and want to start your own compost? There are certainly many advantages to doing so, but it’s also important to know how to handle compost safely to avoid being exposed to dangerous pathogens that exist in it.
The first thing to remember when it comes to handling compost is to wash your hands thoroughly after using it. This may seem like a very obvious reminder but it’s easy to forget, especially if you’re going to be carrying on with yard work immediately after you use it.
Try to have as little contact with the compost as you can. To help with this wear protective clothing, appropriate footwear, and a good pair of gloves. To prevent spreading harmful pathogens in the home, always take off these items before entering the house.
Anyone who is experienced at composting knows that it needs to be broken down and to do this tilling is necessary. Caution must be taken when tilling because it’s a process that allows hazardous spores from rotting matter to become airborne. Inhaling these spores can lead to several health concerns so make sure you wear a mask. It’s also best to avoid tilling altogether when the weather is windy.
Another thing to remember is that compost can be combustible if it is not stored properly. You should keep your compost in containers that permit good airflow.
As we can see, compost, while a good thing, should be handled properly to avoid being exposed to dangerous pathogens.