What is easier than throwing out some rye seeds? Even an old fart like me can do that. Far easier than sterilization. Not even close.
What is easier than mowing down the rye prior to tilling? Again far easier than sterilization. Yes it needs to be tilled into the soil....but then most gardeners till their soil anyway.
I've seen folks recommend shoveling out the soil, carrying it to a place they can sterilize, sterilize it, then return it to the garden spot. I can't even begin to imagine that is easier than throwing out some rye seeds. Talk about back breaking work!
Yes, Elbon rye worked for me the first time and every time since....100%. Others results may vary. The thing I can't understand is why folks here are so quick to recommend soil sterilization rather than try the rye cover crop. What is there to loose in trying the Elbon? If it doesn't work you can always kill the soil and everything in it.
I have worked long and hard to build the perfect garden soil. I know how difficult it is to do and how quickly soil sterilization can undo that hard work.
My recommendation is to try the Elbon rye and cover crops first...if it doesn't work then take other measures if you please...but soil sterilization will never be one I use, ever. What have you got to loose in trying Elbon rye?