Thursday, March 8, 2012

More Ideas on Free and Low-Cost Compost

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Greeting fellow gardeners,

Due to high level of input about compost in my last posting, I thought I'd share a little more about obtaining it or materials to increase the amount of compost you generate. 

I realize that some of these suggestions imay sound strange, but can definitely pay off in the long run.

  • Check your local Freecycle board ( or Craigslist site ( and check for postings offering free or discounted compost.  If you can’t find any ads, create your own.  You can express your interest in obtaining compost or items to jump start your own compost system such as aged manure, leaves or other yard waste.
  • Speak with your friends, family and neighbors to express your interest in composting.  If they don’t have compost, see if they are willing to provide you with various materials to add to your existing pile.  In return, you can share the competed product with them as an incentive.
  • If your town does not offer a yard waste recycling program, advocate to see if you can help jump start a program.  Do a little research, for example: check with your local refuse companies and enquire about their disposal process.  Take a visit to your local landfill when they provide open houses to obtain information about waste processing.  You will have to be persistent.
  • Call around to local farms to see if you can obtain aged manure.  Some will give it to you for free or at a discounted rate.  Please inquire about their operations before hand.  Are they using antibiotics or other types of medications to treat their items?  What type of feed do they provide their animals?  They are valid questions so don’t be shy about asking.
  • Check with local coffee shops to see if they are willing to give you their coffee grounds for free.  I have noticed most shops are doing this now and some have special spots in their shops where they placed used bagged grounds for your convenience
Finally, here are a couple of resources for frugal types interested in building their own compost tumbler:

I hope you find these suggestions useful! :-)



  1. We live in a small country town, battling to get recycling and composting up and running. Our neighbouring town has started a pilot recycling project - we collect our recycling and take it across when we have a car full. One of the farmers (the farm on my header) composts garden waste for his pomegranate trees. In our hot summer climate I clip and shred garden prunings and use that as mulch to shade and feed our heavy clay soil. Kitchen waste makes a small amount of actual compost.

  2. I have loved reading your postings. You have some wonderful tips and suggestions for all gardeners.

  3. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Its appreciated as it led me to your blog.

  4. Hi Angela, thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment!We live on different sides of the Atlantic but some of your ideas arevery transferable to any climate!

  5. Hi everyone! Thank you all for stopping by. I'm glad some of you are finding my suggestions helpful. With the help of all you wonderful gardeners out there, I learn something new everything.



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