The Compost Cycle
The compost cycle below closes the loop on organic waste by turning items like yard trimmings and food scraps into compost, a rich soil amendment. Compost helps grow healthy landscapes and edible crops, and when the waste from these activities is composted, the cycle begins again!
Incorporating compost is one of the best ways to create a healthy landscape: it enhances fertility, soil structure, and improves nutrient and water retention. For edible gardens, compost helps grow healthier plants that produce higher yields of more nutritious produce. Making and using compost are also potent carbon farming practices that can reduce climate change. To learn more about gardening, visit the home and community gardening section.
1. Sort and Collect Organics
- Stop Food Waste First: edible food is too essential to waste! Find tips that will help you prevent food waste and save money.
- Green Bin Sorting: learn what can go in your green bin.
- Backyard Bin Sorting: learn what to put in your backyard bin.
- Worm Composting Sorting: learn what to put in your worm bin.
2. Make Compost
- Using your Green Bin: get more information about your city's curbside composting program.
- Backyard Composting: learn how to make compost in a backyard bin.
- Composting with Worms: find all the information you need to set up a worm compost bin.
- Composting on Urban Farms: download an in-depth guide for support in becoming an expert composter.
- Build or Buy a Compost Bin: explore different types of compost bins and find one that works for you.
3. Get Compost
- Compost Hubs and Donations: find locations that offer free compost and request a compost donation for your community organization growing food.
- Compost Vendors: find vendors who sell compost.
- Go from Lawn to Garden: our Lawn to Garden website has resources that will make your lawn conversion projects easier, including a directory of vendors who provide bulk compost, mulch and other sheet mulch materials.
4. Use Compost
5. Plant and Grow
Compost Pile Time-Lapse
Watch this time-lapse footage of a compost pile breaking down over four months.