Composting transforms your yard and garden trimmings, such as grass clippings, leaves, and garden prunings, into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling material that naturally enriches the soil.

When you compost, you create an environment for organisms to break down carbon-rich "brown" material, such as dried leaves and wood chips; and nitrogen-rich "green" material, including grass clippings and flowers. The carbon and nitrogen materials decompose and become a high-nutrient soil amendment that you can mix into soil and use in your garden.

All it takes is a compost bin (preferably), a mixture of organic materials, water, a pitchfork or shovel, and some time.

When is the next composting workshop?

We conduct composting workshops throughout the year. Learn more about the do’s and don’t’s of composting and share ideas with others.  For information about upcoming workshops, check our events calendar. Or, call 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850).