Composting Publications

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BACKYARD COMPOSTING

Home Composting—Basic information on composting. Reasons to compost, compost basics, troubleshooting.
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How to Use Your New Earth Machine—Simple directions for using an Earth Machine (the bin sold by Green Waste Recovery).  Includes information on turning the material and removing compost.
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Compost Troubleshooting—Solutions to common problems, such as flies, ants, four-legged creatures, odors, dry compost, worm die-off and more.
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WORM COMPOSTING

Worm Composting—Everything you need to know to get started composting with worms.
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More Options for Composting with Worms—Add worms to a plastic backyard compost bin.
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Attracting Worms to Your Garden—Use compost and organic materials to attract worms to your garden.
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Worm Bin Creatures—Here are a few you will find in your worm bin.
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Getting Started with the Can-O-Worms—Simplified directions for using a Can-O-Worms.
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How to Use Your Worm Factory—Simplified directions for using a Worm Factory.
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HOW TO USE COMPOST

Composter’s Resource Guide—Santa Cruz County Guide to finding compost bins, redworms, raw materials to compost and finished compost for your garden.
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Grasscycle! Make the Most of Your Lawn. Make the Most of Your Time.
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Mulches for Your Garden—How to use grass, leaves and other materials as a mulch to conserve water and control weeds.
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Soil Amendments for Agriculture and Landscaping—A list of compost sources from the central California coastal region.
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Compost: Benefits and Uses—Benefits of compost, how to use it, and where to buy it.
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BUYING AND MAKING BACKYARD BINS AND WORM BINS

Everything You Need to Know About Compost Bins—Lists a variety of backyard and worm compost bins, sources and prices.
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Homemade Worm Bins—How to modify a plastic storage container for use as a worm bin. How to make a wooden worm bin.
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Wood and Wire Three Compartment Bin—How to make a three compartment compost bin.
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Rotating Barrel Composter—Directions for making a barrel composter from a 45 gallon drum.
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Homemade Food Scrap Composter—Modify a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid for use as an animal-resistant bin for composting food scraps.
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Burying Food Scraps—How to bury food waste in empty spots in vegetable and flower gardens, where it will decompose and nourish your plants.
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Compost Screen—Directions for making a compost screen to sift your compost.
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