With the idea of a community garden being something, most can agree on, in many areas free compost is donated to those involved to help with this effort. Community gardening is not a new idea, but it is one that really helps in many areas.
Those who save what will become free compost that continually needs to be made again for community gardens will donate some time to bring this to the people who do most of the work. In some locations, everyone involved with the community garden will spend time working the land that is being used, as well as benefit from what is grown.
Most community gardens will not use certain items and those participating are given a list of what can be donated. In our area, a container is given to anyone who would like to freely donate what they collect-which is merely trashed otherwise.
What can be included in the container we accepted to help with the free compost effort is as follows:
- Fruit scraps
- Vegetable scraps
- Coffee filters
- Coffee grounds
- Tea bags
- Egg shells
- Nut shells
- Grass clippings
- House plants
- Wood chips
Readers viewing the photo included with this information about the free composting efforts will see the list of what should not be included. Most of the items on that list will just make sense to the average person who is familiar with gardening and composting.
The purpose of compost and accepting items to make free compost is to encourage everyone who can learn about gardening. Free compost made available to those who otherwise would not understand some of the basics of composting or gardening will help many in various ways.
People involved with a community garden will enjoy what is grown if they so choose. Some have their own garden spot, yet participate in the community garden by bringing items to make free compost in an effort to help others.
The basics of composting is simple enough. Gathering what is needed to have compost ready each season might be the difficult part for some, especially those living in areas where there is not enough space to have a compost pile.
As those involved continue to save scraps, shells and yard waste to make new compost, the community gardens will be able to offer free compost to those needing it. Also, more community gardens will be able to open in areas where people will enjoy the fresh garden offerings.
It may surprise some to learn that according to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste equal about 20% to 30% of what heads to landfills. Theses scraps instead can easily become part of the free compost for community gardens and individuals who are interested in growing their own food.