We built a compost palace at the West Brunswick Community Garden to take garden waste and kitchen from the garden, from local businesses, and from local residents who aren’t able to compost at home. With the help of the volunteer compost crew and gardeners, the waste is quickly turned to beautiful, crumbly, worm filled humus.
The reasons are almost as numerous as the micro critters that live in our compost, but these are some of them:
- The environmental benefits, as food and garden waste is diverted from Victoria’s landfills (half of Moreland’s waste could be composted). It reduces greenhouse gases from the methane produced, and from the manufacture and transport artificial fertilisers.
- Improving soil health, as compost: holds moisture (so saves water); improves drainage; buffers soils that are very acidic or alkaline (that is, reduces either way); helps suppress plant disease, by encouraging a healthy and complete ecosystem; provides all the nutrients plants need.
Come to one of our workshops held at the West Brunswick Community Garden on the 4th Sunday of every month.
Join the compost crew and help manage the compost hub and learn (or teach) to compost.
If you can’t compost at home add your waste to one of our community compost hubs:
- At West Brunswick there's a bin near the main gate which you can put compostables into without entering the garden but our preference would be that your household become a member [Click the big "sign-up" button on our website then follow the instructions sent to you], then you will have access directly to the compost bays and help turning too.
- At Pentridge for the time being you can deposit your compost whenever we are at the garden (you can see when here)
If you are a café or other business producing biodegradable waste and want to contribute, then we want to hear from you.
Oh and please support the people that support us (see the list below)
Composters & Supporters
- Little River Cafe - Shop 7 208 Albion St, Brunswick, VIC - Jedda brings her compostables and coffee grounds to the garden, show her cafe some love in return!
- Reground - Ninna brings us bin-loads of coffee grounds collected from cafes and restaurants.
- Moreland Council provide financial and other support (like signage) to the community composting hub.
- The kids and staff (and some parents) of Moreland Childcare Centre, Everett Street, right next to the garden are keen composters.
Useful composting links
Cultivating Community on Food Waste & Composting
Almost everything you could ever want to know about compost from the Food Know How website
- Moreland Council's page on Composting and Worm farms
- A good intro to composting by Costa can be watched here