Turn waste into a resource—aerobic composting!
Learn how to turn your yard waste, food scraps, animal manures and other organic materials into the best soil amendment for your garden. Below you will find many resources to help and inspire you whether you are a beginner or experienced composter.
Composting is a method of producing a nutrient-rich soil amendment (plant food) by using naturally occurring fungi and bacteria, in an oxygenated environment, to break down organic waste. As bacteria, yeast and fungi digest the waste, nutrients such as nitrogen are made more available. When compost is added to soil, the nutrients are slowly released over time, allowing for easy up-take by the plants. Basically, the simple process of composting allows large amounts of household, yard and/or animal waste to be transformed into smaller piles of natural soil conditioner. From California Seagrant Extension, UC Cooperative Extension: Click here to read: Seagrant Composting_7-29-09
Nevada County Master Gardener Compost Workshop
The entire 2-hour workshop is available as a slide show with speaker's notes. This presentation includes user-friendly graphics to help you learn how to compost or branch out in your composting skills and includes information on how aerobic composting benefits the environment. Go through it at your own pace or skip ahead to the parts you are most interested in.
Click here: 2019 compost SLIDESHOW
For a summary of the Compost Workshop, view our handout which:
- Includes "browns and greens" chart
- Explains differences between hot (faster) and cold (slower) composting
- Provides creative ideas for dealing with wood chips or pine needles
- Includes links to other resources.
Click here: Compost Workshop HANDOUT
Other composting resources
Master Gardeners Peggy and Mary demonstrate building and adding to a compost pile in our Demonstration Garden in the following three videos:
February 18, 2013 - building the pile
March 1, 2013 - adding browns & greens
April 16, 2013 - adding more browns & greens