Saturday, October 23, 2010


The fall clean up at the Arboretum has produced a lot of leaves, spent flowers and stalks from perennials, and summer vegetable plants that have stopped producing.  All of these are added to our compost bin along with coffee grounds and vegetable and fruit waste from the Ag Center Kitchen.  We have a three bin system.  The first bin holds all the new waste.  After it has decomposed some, it is turned into the middle bin.  Finally, it is moved to the last bin when it is dark in color, crumbly, and has an earthy smell.  It is then available to amend the soil in our gardens.  Instructions for making your own compost can be found by clicking here.  It is a simple way to reduce what goes to the landfill.