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UW Extension Publication Explains Backyard Composting

February 27, 2018

Information to help gardeners turbocharge soils by backyard composting is available in a free University of Wyoming Extension publication.

“Backyard composting: Using simple, small-scale methods,” B-974R, describes the process by which organic materials, such as yard and some kitchen wastes, are decomposed into a dark-colored, nutrient-rich, soil-building conditioner called humus.

Through composting, gardeners can manipulate temperature, oxygen and moisture to accelerate the process that occurs in nature. Authors of the publication include Karen Panter, UW Extension horticulture specialist, and Chris Hilgert, extension state Master Gardener coordinator at UW.

The bulletin is available in PDF, HTML and ePub formats by going to and clicking on the “Find a Publication” link. Type the title or bulletin number into the search field.

For more information, call Steve Miller, UW Extension editor, at (307) 766-6342 or email

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