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Compost at Home!

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 Composting is natures way of turning organic material, namely yard trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps, into a rich soil amendment.  Below are easy to follow instructions which are also available in a flyer.

Figoni Home Bin in Action

 

What you need to compost

* Air
* Water
* Carbon (brown materials)
* Nitrogen (green materials)
Mix all these to make compost which you can use to enrich your garden.

You can purchase a variety of different bins or make one out of an old plastic garbage can, a frame constructed of 2x4’s, a tiered structure or plastic tumbler. If you make a wooden bin, pick a wood that is rot-resistant, such as cedar or redwood. If you use an old trash can, poke 1” holes all around the can. Your bin should be about 3’ x 3’ x 3’ to allow enough volume for heat to build up. A lid or tarp over the compost prevents it from being waterlogged by rain and reduces evaporation in the summer. Having two bins is ideal because it allows you to shift the compost pile in stages.

Workshops

LA County Public Works offers landscaping workshops for beginners, and more advanced gardeners. Beginner workshops provide hands-on instruction on the basic techniques of composting, worm composting, water-wise gardening, and grasscycling. Advanced workshops teach you organic gardening, landscaping with native drought-tolerant plants, and integrated pest management (environmentally-sound ways to control pests). Back yard composting and worm composting bins are able to be purchased at a discounted rate at any of their workshops. For more information, please visit Clean LA's Smart Gardening page.


Photo below: Athens Services donated soil enhancing compost and LandCare donated water-conserving mulch for the public to use in their gardens.  Mulch and compost and both excellent additives to any healthy landscape.

Mulch and Compost Giveaway Event Photo from Review

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