Whee! Saturday, the city of Santa Monica offered free compost, first
first served. My neighbor took me over in his pickup. Early as we
was already a line ahead of us. Finally we got to take our shovels
duty plastic bags and dig into the most
What is going on???!!!
...the most BEAUTIFUL dark, fragrant compost. I was expecting a
more granular texture, but this was almost powder fine.
It was a good-natured crowd, shoveling compost into buckets,
plastic bags, trash bins, and making their way to their vehicles with
varying degrees of difficulty.
I scored six bags, which won't go far, so I hope the City does it
While there, I also ordered a new compost bin, as the old one was
bowed, and not delivering as much compost as I need. This one is a
Smith & Hawken Biocompost bin
which looks great and I hope it does well. Only inconvenience is
having to unload
the compost segment by segment in order to "turn" the pile. In my
it means I have to move a lot of heavy, clumsy stuff around in order
up a space where the compost can be unloaded. But then, that ****
to be moved anyway -- give me a chance throw out a lot of old,
lumber bits, for one thing!
Am also toying with the idea of buying one of their subsidized worm
A lady I talked to swore by hers, so maybe I'll take the leap. Stay
So, wish me luck with my new toy. Now off to write the City to make
a regular event!
My area also gives away free compost once a week for years, to the
locals only. Difference is, everyone here lines up with their pickup
trucks and a front loader drops a cubic yard in the back of your truck.
No shovels needed. No getting out of truck. Ten minutes and gone. I am
amazed that some pull up in Ford Rangers and Chevy S10's - Those little
trucks can take it!
My area does this with mulch but what I got last year was more like
You cannot put yard waste in garbage anymore but you can diliver it to
areas where it is ground and free for all.
I've got a Subaru Forester and got 4 bags but leaf bags were barely
adequate to hold it. Others with pickups had a good deal going as
they could just fill the trucks bed. "Free" for me is too much effort.
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