Activity | Simple Guide to Composting | Desert Botanical Garden

OPEN DAILY 8 A.M.|7 A.M. FOR MEMBERS WED. & SUN.

This simple in-ground method to composting is minimal in cost and can easily kick-start your eco-conscious goals.

  1. Purchase a  composting container or  prepare a composting hole
  2. Find a semi-shady or shady place. Shade is important in warmer weather–if the compost pile dries out and isn’t moist decomposition will be slow.
  3. Dig a hole about 10 to 18 inches deep.
  4. Collect kitchen scraps enough to cover the bottom of the hole or add store bought composted manure or mushroom compost.
  5. Shovel back into the hole the soil that was removed.
  6. Keep soil moist and continue adding kitchen scraps or landscape cuttings.
  • It may take one to six months for the material added to decompose.
  • Do not add animal products (meat, bones, fat or feces) and no weeds that have bloomed.

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