You can make your own compost at home—pile or worm composting—or put your compostable items in the curbside yard debris cart for the municipal composting program.
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Master Gardener volunteers are trained and certified by the University of California, Cooperative Extension. Workshops and seminars are given regularly at various libraries.
Practice home composting by using homemade or manufactured bins.
Homemade bins can be constructed out of scrap wood, chicken wire, snow fencing or even old garbage cans (with holes punched in the sides and bottom). Manufactured bins include turning units, hoops, cones, and stacking bins. These can be purchased from your garbage company, retail or mail-order businesses. For more information about homemade bins, visit the Sonoma County Master Gardeners.
Worm composting or vermicomposting is the practice of using worms to make compost. The word vermi is the Latin word for worm, and worms like to feed on slowly decomposing organic materials (e.g., vegetable scraps). The end product, called castings, is full of beneficial microbes and nutrients, and makes a great plant fertilizer.
Make your own worm box using free plans and low-cost salvaged lumber from Sonoma Compost Company at (707) 664-9113.
For worms and worm bins, contact the following:
Compost Club www.compostclub.org
Sonoma Valley Worm Farm www.sonomavalleyworms.com
(707) 996-8561 or (800) 447-6996
If you have grass clippings and don't want to use them in a compost pile you can leave them on the lawn to decompose. Visit CalRecycle for more information about grasscycling.