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Alternate Compost Methods

Backyard compost piles and worm composting are the most popular methods of composting, but they are not the ONLY compost methods. This section offers effective methods which you can use instead of or in addition to pile or worm composting.

Most urban and suburban municipalities prefer or require that you not compost food wastes in your backyard compost pile because of the pests that may be attracted to food, as well as odor problems. Dog and cat feces are also prohibited in home compost bins in many areas, and aren't recommended even if they are permitted. As long as you keep pet feces away from children, pregnant women, water supply, and edible vegetation, these methods will work for both food and feces.

The first three methods will work for yard wastes and other organic materials, too, but may not accomodate large volumes of material at one time.

Navigation Tip:
If you want to go through the pages in this section as listed above, look in the right-most column below the Online Stores. Find the list labelled "ALTERNATE METHODS" and click on the next page in the sequence.

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Compost Tea Brewer
Build a brewer with a bucket and less than $15 worth of components, and make aerated compost tea.
Composting the Holidays
Compost fall leaves, hay bales, holly wreaths, pine trees, etc. Compost pumpkins (food waste) in a compost pile.



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

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