Composting

Composting

What is composting?

Composting is an easy way to convert kitchen and yard waste into mulch for your garden.                                          

The benefits of backyard composting
Backyard composting is an important strategy for managing discarded resources. Yard trimmings and food scraps, taken together, make up one of the largest components of residential discarded resources. Backyard composting is one of the most economical and effective methods of recycling these organic materials.

Composting saves energy and prevents air pollution
By avoiding the collection and burying of yard trimmings in landfills, energy is saved. Less materials put out at the curb means fewer trips to the landfill by collection trucks, and less activity by the large earth moving tractors at the landfill.

Composting saves money & water
Compost created in your backyard replaces soil amendments you would otherwise have to purchase. Using compost also helps save money on your water bills by improving water penetration and retention and reducing runoff and evaporation.

Compost improves garden soil
Adding compost to your soil will improve soil structure, improve soil chemistry, and produce healthier plants. Whether your soil is a heavy clay or a sandy mix, adding compost will benefit its structure. Soil conditions can range from extremely alkaline to acidic. Soil could also be nutrient deficient or contain nutrients in excess. Compost helps soil chemistry by softening these extremes. Plants grown in compost-amended soils tend to be healthier, exhibit resistance to some diseases, are more resistant to pests, show increased drought tolerance, and require less watering.

Compost Demonstration Sites

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, Encinitas

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon

Crestridge Ecological Reserve, Crest

San Diego Zoo, San Diego

4S Ranch Community Garden, 4S Ranch