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Compost days

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by Andy
Compost pile. Photo by Bryn  Pinzgauer, Creative Commons License.

Compost pile. Photo by Bryn Pinzgauer, Creative Commons License.

The city of Seattle and other partners are offering discounts on compost and kitchen scrap bins during Compost Days, a promotion that runs through April 15, 2013. The city is celebrating its success in diverting 125,000 tons of food scraps and yard waste from landfills last year, and that means coupons and discounts for you!

All that waste was turned into compost that can be used in gardens. During Compost Days, you can buy 2 bags of compost and can get the 3rd bag free (find a participating retailer by entering your ZIP code). The promotion also offers deep discounts on bulk compost and kitchen scrap kits.

What is  compost, and why do gardeners love it so much? Compost is decomposed organic matter (grass clippings, newspaper, egg shells, food waste, etc.) that can be added to garden beds and landscapes to improve soil. That rich organic material adds nutrients and beneficial microbes. It helps soil hold on to nutrients and water better, reduces water runoff, promotes healthier roots and prevents oil erosion.

You can find a variety of compost products at local garden and hardware stores in the area, or you can make your own compost in your backyard. The King County Master Gardeners has published this helpful fact sheet on compost that tells you everything you need to know. The city of Seattle is also a great resource on backyard composting; it also sells compost bins through Seattle Conservation Corps, Parks & Recreation Department.

 

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