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Santa Monica Hosts Free Compost Giveaway  

By Lookout Staff

September 8, 2010 -- Bring your shovels, gloves, containers, and proof that you live in Santa Monica, and on Saturday, September 18, you can haul away free compost to give your garden an early start.

Santa Monica’s Quarterly Compost Giveaway at the City Yards allows residents to cart off limited quantities of compost from recycled yard trimmings collected curbside every week and processed at a nearby composting facility.

"Compost has been recognized as a valuable soil amendment for centuries," said Kim Braun, Santa Monica's Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager. "Its use in gardens is an effective way to improve soil health, increase plant production, and reduce the use of water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides."

The giveaway coincides with the beginning of the fall planting season for warm-climate gardeners who can grow their own food, including broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and peas. Even if you have a green thumb, it's a good idea to take some tips from the experts.

"A little preparation goes a long way - start preparing your soil by removing annuals, tilling and adding plenty of compost and planting your spring bulbs," City officials said. "Having a winter vegetable garden is fun for the entire family."

If you're interested in making your own compost, subsidized composting bins are available to residents year-round and can be bought at the event.

The quarterly event starts at 8 a.m. at the City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave., and goes until supplies run out.


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