There are very few logical reasons why anyone with a backyard or garden shouldn't be composting. In addition to promoting a more bountiful and healthier harvest, the process also helps prevent the propagation of landfills, which are systematically destroying many of Earth's natural ecosystems. Biodegradable waste typically makes up 30% of a household's outgoing garbage. Simple re-appropriation cuts down food expenses, as well as garden and lawn maintenance costs.
Hugelkultur, meaning "hill culture" in German, is an agricultural principle using plant and tree biomass to mimic woodland decomposition. Typically, large mounds of logs and plant material are layered directly on the ground and then covered with a layer of soil to make a steep-sided raised bed. Some Hugelkultur beds can reach 6 feet tall or more, though it is also possible to keep the height near ground level. Hugelkultur has been utilized for centuries in Germany and has recently found favor with the permaculture movement and organic gardeners due to its sustainability and low impact.