Home Composting

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Create a sustainable, healthy place for you, your family and the environment.

Adding compost to your soil improves its structure, helps it absorb and hold moisture, supplies slow-release nutrients to plants and reduces erosion. An integral part of sustainable gardening, composting helps you create a vibrant, healthy and beautiful garden while conserving water and energy and reducing pollution and waste. Attend one of our free workshops to learn how.

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""Garden Workshops - Learn about composting and less-toxic pest management
""Compost Party - Learn in your own backyard
""Free Compost Bins 
""Free Compost - All year long
""What is composting?
""Information about curbside collection of compostable materials


Garden Workshops

Find out how to build healthy soil, minimize fertilizer and water use, and use less-toxic pest control measures at these workshops.

Worm Composting
Compost Basics

The Soil Saver™ compost bin and Wriggly Wranch™ worm bin will be available for sale at all workshops.

Additional compost workshops are available throughout Santa Clara County. Here is a list of all the 2020 workshops for ‘Compost Basics’ and ‘Worm Composting Basics’ workshops. Each class lasts about 2 hours and there is no charge to attend. Classes with less than 15 registered will be cancelled. Adults only please. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the county.
 

Free Compost Bins - 2020 Special

Palo Alto residents can receive a free compost bin or worm bin (one per household) by attending a compost workshop. Compost bins are available while supplies last.
 
Workshops are sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County, and UCCE Master Gardeners.  

Worm Composting Basics

Worms will eat your kitchen scraps and create a nutrient rich soil amendment for indoor and outdoor plants. This is a no fuss, no smell and low maintenance way to compost. Come to one of our workshops and learn how easy and fun worm composting can be.

All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited.

August 1, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Register online or call (408) 918-4640

 
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Compost Basics

Using compost in your garden improves your soil, benefiting your plants and enhancing your garden's health and vitality. Compost helps plants absorb nutrients already in your soil, allows plants to develop better root structure which will help them grow healthier, and holds onto water and nutrients that are applied and slowly releases them when plants need them. Learn how easy it is to compost, attend one of these FREE compost workshops.

All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited.


March 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cubberley Community Center, Room M-4
4000 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto
Register online or call (408) 918-4640

CANCELLED - April 4, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto
Register online or call (408) 918-4640

CANCELLED - May 2, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cubberley Community Center, Room M-4
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Register online or call (408) 918-4640

June 7, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Register: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=28833

September 19, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
 Register online or call (408) 918-4640
 
October 3, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Palo Alto Demonstration Garden
Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue
Palo Alto
Register online or call (408) 918-4640


    
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Compost Party

Learn about composting with your friends and neighbors in your own backyard!  Gather 10-15 friends and neighbors and a Master Composter will come to your home to show you and your guests how to compost. They’ll even start your bin for you during the lesson.

Already have a bin? Host a party and share the joys of composting with your friends, allowing them to learn on an active bin and see a real-life example of how it works. Plus, the Master Composter can help you troubleshoot any problems you might be having.

For more information and to schedule a party, call (650) 496-5910.


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Free Compost

Need more compost than you can make? Don’t have time to make your own? The Sunnyvale Material and Recovery Transfer (SMaRT) Station in Sunnyvale offers compost at no charge to residents of Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Visit the SMaRT Station online or call (408) 752-8530 for additional information.
 
 

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What is composting?

Composting is a natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material such as yard trimmings and food waste into a humus-rich soil amendment known as compost.

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