About Composting: Composting is a natural process by which organic materials decompose. The resulting product, called compost, can be mixed with potting soil as a soil amendment, and can be used to improve the health of your soil, aid in erosion control and help control soil fertility.
Why Should I Compost?: Not only will you be taking advantage of the free waste to help improve your soil, you will help divert tons of plant debris and food scraps from taking up valuable landfill space.
How To Make Compost: It general, it takes from three to six months to create a single batch of compost. While there is no single “correct” method , there are variations and all are based on the scientific composting principle of aerobic decomposition. Full Backyard Composting Guide Request a printed copy of Composting Guide (email)
What Can Materials Can I Use? Composting requires mixing carbon-rich brown materials and nitrogen-rich green materials with water, making sure to keep the composting pile properly aerated.
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Vermi-Composting Resources: Red Wiggler worms, which are best for vermi composting, can be purchased at local bait shop or by mail from the following worm farms:Blue Belly Farm20244 Poker Flat RoadPenn Valley CA 95946Phone: 530-432-8267
Foothill Worm Ranch7190 Foothill RoadPleasanton CA 94566Phone 925-484-4192
Vierra's Worm FarmP.O. Box 2023San Andreas CA 95249Phone: 209-754-5030 or 877-FOR-WORMS
Worm FancyP.O. Box 7414Citrus Heights CA 95621Phone: 916-560-8023Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For composting information:
Dave Ghirardelli, Sacramento County Department of Waste Management & Recycling9850 Goethe RoadSacramento CA 95827-3561Phone: 916-875-4557Fax: 916-875-6767
Materials for Composting