Soil Incorporation

Soil Incorporation is a fancy way of saying "Burying Organic Wastes Safely". Follow these steps:

Dig a hole in the ground about a foot deep. Put food wastes in the hole. Cover with at least 8" of soil. You are done. As it decomposes, the food will provide nutrients directly into the ground.

Find a location, where you can dig a hole without messing up your landscaping. If you are also using this method to dispose of cat or dog feces, make sure the hole is not within 100 feet of a water supply or stream, not near vegetation for consumption, etc.

The hole has to be deep enough so that the food will be covered with at least 8 " of dirt. This depth will prevent animals from detecting its presence and digging it up.

Decomposition time ranges from 2 weeks to one year for food wastes, and from 2 weeks to 2 years for feces. If you have healthy soil (i.e., a population of microorganisms), it should be a relatively short time. Decomposition is effected by soil temperature and what microorganisms are present. Chopping up materials before putting them in the ground will speed decomposition.
Ingestion

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ALTERNATE METHODS

  1. ** Soil Incorporation **
  2. In-Soil Ingestion or Digestion
  3. Trench Composting
  4. Mulching
  5. Composting Toilets
  6. Compost Tea

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