Inexpensive composting tips for the frugal gardener

Gardening: Cheap Composting

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Cheap Compost

Debra Karplus

Composting is definitely not a case of garbage in, garbage out. Your garbage going in will magically transform into rich organic fertilizer that you put in your garden to help it thrive.

Sheet Composting

Tracy Godsey

With a little bit of foresight and organization, you can make your gardening effortless while at the same time eliminating the need for expensive tools such as tillers, sprinklers and electric timers. How? Through sheet composting.


Getting Rid of Yard Waste

Debra Karplus

No matter what season it is, you always seem to have a surplus of yard waste. Each year, disposing of grass clippings, leaves, small twigs, larger branches, and other yard debris seems like more strenuous work. There must be a better way to get rid of yard waste.

Product Review: Composting for a Better Garden

Paige Estigarribia

A review of the Green Cycler Garden Series Kitchen Countertop Composter.

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Free/Cheap Compost

contributed by Theresa

Looking for compost? Free compost? Cheap compost? Ready to use right now? Hot compost? Want to help kids? First, contact your County Extension Office.

Before You Compost

Dalit Holzman

I've begun to find ways to reuse the organic waste my family produces in and around our home. Rather than throwing everything into the compost heap, which still remains a viable alternative, I reserve certain items for slightly brighter futures!


Compost: Black Gold for Your Garden

Don Trotter

Here are a few of the amazing things that compost can do for any gardener's success rate. So let's take a stroll out to that giant pile of leaves and envision a transformation into fertile, biologically active compost.

Manure Is Your Friend

David Soper

We know manure was being used by the Algokian tribe in North Carolina before 1585. For good reason. Manure can do things for your garden that are nearly impossible to duplicate with alternative materials.

The Shoestring Gardener provides creatively frugal gardening how-tos, remedies & tips.

Simple Composting How-To

TDS Reader Solutions

Want a simple how-to on composting? Our readers share their tips and tricks for simple ways to compost for a vibrant, productive growing season.

Composting Horse Manure

Mira Dessy

Recently offered free horse "poop" for her garden, she was happy to take advantage of it. But, is there a concern with E Coli bacteria. Let's see if we can help this suburban farmer.


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