Composting: Your questions answered

Spring is nearly here! If you want the richest, bloomiest yard to welcome the season, compost will make your gardening dreams come true. It's free, organic, doesn't contain fertilizer chemicals that can hurt waterways, and is a sustainable tool to fight against food waste. When I began composting 15 years ago, it was out of necessity. The soil in Los Angeles was as dusty and dry as a package of hot cocoa mix, and in a place where it barely rained, this native Virginian needed some greenery. Compost took my sandy, desert-like back yard and turned it into a green...