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Can you use direct composting to warm up seed bed for planting?

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I would like to plant kohlrabi this spring. According to what I read, the temperature for germination is higher (77-86F) than the temperature (60-65) for normal plant growth. Would it be possible for me to do some direct composting, then plant the seeds on top of that? Rationale: The direct composting would produce heat to encourage germination, then when done composting the temperature would go down enough for the plants to grow.
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Yes, you can use direct composting to warm up your seed bed for planting. This process generates heat as organic matter breaks down, thus warming up the soil.

Dig a trench and add fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and leaves. Avoid adding meat, dairy, or oily foods. Cover the trench with soil and wait for several weeks before planting.

Direct composting is an easy and natural way to create a healthy growing environment for your plants.
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