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 and visit the Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden to learn more.

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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
""Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden
""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
Less-Toxic Pest Control
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 2019 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 - 2019 Special

Palo Alto residents can receive a free compost bin or worm bin 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.

    July 20, 2019
    10am - Noon
    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 23, 2019
   
 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Lucie Stern Community Center
    1305 Middlefield Road
    Palo Alto
    Register online or call (408) 918-4640

    April 13, 2019
   
 TBD
    Gamble Garden
    1431 Waverley Street
    Palo Alto
    Register online or call (408) 918-4640

    June 15, 2019
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlefield Road
    Palo Alto
    Register online or call (408) 918-4640

    August 3, 2019
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlfield Road
    Palo Alto
    Register online or call (408) 918-4640

    September 7, 2019
    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
 
    October 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlfield Road
    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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