Friday, May 15, 2009

Home Composting Is Easy, Even Oscar Can Do It!

The best way to amend poor soil is to start your very own garden compost! Toss nutrient rich kitchen scraps into the compost pile, instead of into the garbage can. Be kind to Mother Earth, and reduce waste. The Environmental Protection Agency has great composting information on their website.

There are many Bay Area Workshops on how easy home composting really is. Even if you live in an apartment, a small worm box can do the job! The City of Martinez sponsors a worksop on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, and others throughout the year. Click HERE for additional schedule dates and other city locations.
The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA) sponsors an upcoming class on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Crow Canyon Gardens in San Ramon, and other locations throughout the year. Click HERE for the 2009 schedule. All classes are FREE of charge!

Excellent rebates are available to CCCSWA customers who purchase composting or vermicomposting bins through the CCCSWA. I spoke with Ashley at the CCCSWA and she told me about the rebates. She was very knowledgeable about their composting programs, helpful and pleasant to speak with. Give her a telephone call, at (925) 906-1801 or email: with questions.

"We have two different types. We sell the Norseman Earth Machine and the Smith and Hawkin BioStack (one of the most popular bins). The BioStack is normally around $130.00. We sell this bin, with shipping and tax included, for $53.04. The Norseman sells for $39.00, and can be picked up at the Walnut Creek Recycling Center."

Oscar the Grouch says:
"Please don't throw banana peels in the garbage. Thank you."


  1. We have been composting for a couple years. Its great, all yard clippings, kitchen scraps go in. If I turn it once a week, the the amount never really grows in the bin. I use once or twice a year in the garden. I am always a little nervous spreading in the garden with plants thinking the compost is too "hot".