Why Compost?

  • Work with nature! Compost helps us protect the land from our "trash," and the soil benefits from the natural product of decomposition.
  • Save $$ (you won’t need as much fertilizer and/or water, and your curbside trash will decrease!
  • Generate less waste. Compost is one solution to our solid waste woes.

Benefits of compost to the Garden:

  • Loosens up clay soils so air and water can penetrate.
  • Helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients
  • Adds essential nutrients and soil microorganisms
  • May reduce incidence of plant diseases & other harmful organisms



How to Use Compost:

  • In the flower or vegetable garden, or around trees & shrubs
  • For house plants and planter boxes
  • As part of a seed starting mix
  • On the lawn, as a top dressing (if screened)



Local Sources of Compost:

  • Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center
    945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham, WA,
    (360) 676-0400

    (They carry Green Earth Technology compost made from
    the FoodPlus and yardwaste SCC curbside program.)
  • Smit Dairy
    9039 Guide Meridian (1 mi. N. of Lynden), WA
    (360) 354-3583

  • Cornerstone Farms
    8508 Van Buren Rd. (at Lindsay Rd), Everson, WA
    (360) 966-4895

  • Growsource, Inc.
    Hannigan & Division, Bellingham, WA
    (360) 966-3302

  • D.G. Lobdell LLC, Stonehaven Yard
    5399 La Bounty Dr., Ferndale, WA
    (360) 384-2600


    Contact the WSU Whatcom County Cooperative Extension for more composting ideas, (360) 778-5800 or County: 360-398-1310, e-mail: Joyce Jimerson

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