We strongly encourage composting at home with fruit, vegetable and yard wastes. Composting is recycling right at home, and there are benefits for your garden and landscape. Compost provides essential nutrients for your garden, feeds the soil with microorganisms, builds good soil structure, helps retain moisture, and prevents water runoff and erosion.
Below are links to helpful websites and publications, our composting basics brochure, and the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center workshop schedule. At each FOHC event Master Gardeners will answer your questions at the composting booth. Composting workshops are scheduled for the March, August, and September events. Join us!
Resources• California Master Gardener tip sheet - Composting is Good for Your Garden and the Environment
• Compost in a Hurry UC ANR publication 8037 explains the essential factors for creating finished compost in as little as 2 to 3 weeks.
• Cornell Composting provides access to a variety of composting educational materials including fact sheets developed by Cornell University.
• All about composting from the University of Illinois Extension.
• Learn about the basic steps for creating a worm bin from Sacramento County Master Gardeners (Garden Note 144).
• Sacramento County Master Gardeners' Backyard Composting brochure.
• Fair Oaks Horticulture Center workshop schedule for 2013.
• Composting workshops sponsored by the Sacramento County Master Gardeners.
• Composting tutorial from Urban Composting.