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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

2. Make Compost  

3. Buy Compost

  • 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

  • Home Gardeners: find how-to tips for using compost in the garden.
  • Landscape Professionals: contains best practices, tips for identifying quality compost, and resources geared towards landscape professionals.
  • Carbon Farming: Learn how compost and other gardening practices reduce climate change.

5. Plant and Grow


Compost Pile Time-Lapse

Watch this time-lapse footage of a compost pile breaking down over four months.

Compost Time-Lapse