Free Compost?!

Last weekend, I was walking home from the grocery store, and I decided to take an alternate route. This was a very fortuitous decision, because I happened upon a public garden that I had never seen before.

And what’s more, I saw this sign:

Free compost? Huh?

There was a pretty large pile of compost and a woman was there shoveling compost into bags and putting them in the trunk of her car. Remember how the city of Palo Alto collects our green waste and turns it into electricity? I had assumed the “leftover” compost generated from the process was given to farmers, but the woman shoveling compost told me that that leftover compost actually ends up here, and yes, any Palo Alto resident is free to use it. The city restocks the pile regularly.

Well, gee. I’ve been bummed about the hard dry soil in the back of our house, so as soon as I got home, I found a bucket (an old garbage bin) and a shovel, and drove back over to the compost pile.

I filled the garbage bucket about 1/3 of the way full (that was all I could lift into my car).

Once I figure out the garden layout for next year, I’ll start spreading the compost so it has time to settle into the ground before planting begins. Hooray! I can’t wait to plant in better soil this year!

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