Will my city's composting program render infected plants safe to use?
August 1, 2014 12:05 PM Subscribe
I have a vicious spider mite infestation on some of my tomato plants and am planning to discard the worst ones to protect the others. I read that I shouldn't compost the infested plants so as not to spread the infestation. My green waste bin goes to city composting. Do the massive compost piles they use generate enough heat to kill pathogens and render this safe (i.e. so I'm not putting horrible spider mites into other people's gardens, since this city compost gets used by lots of people) or do I need to put these nasty plants in the trash?