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Compost Outpost

Stop bagging leaves every fall and learn how to turn leaves, grass clippings and other yard trimmings into rich, organic mulch for your garden at the Compost Outpost.

Compost Outpost

With very little attention, your yard trimmings break down into nutrient-rich compost that can be used as mulch or fertilizer on your flowerbeds and lawn.

Backyard composting reduces leaf bagging, saves money on paper yard bags, adds nutrients to soil, reduces the need for expensive chemical fertilizer and pesticide, and increases moisture retention in soil by up to 60 percent. In short, composting saves gardeners time, money and water.

All residents benefit from composting, which reduces water pollution (less runoff from lawn chemicals) and saves landfill space and costs.

About the Compost Outpost

Located in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, this outdoor site features different types of compost bins.

Informational signage allows for self-guided tours for all Botanic Garden visitors, and it is a great activity for garden clubs, scouts and school groups.

Become a Master Composter

Learn from the pros

Sept. 14, 2017

Backyard Composting 101

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3400 Rock Springs Road

Learn the basics of backyard composting with this free program, offered at the Compost Outpost. Register for the 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. class.

5 p.m.

Sept. 21, 2017

Master Composter Class

Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden At Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane

The Master Composter class is a three-day class that teaches participants the principles of backyard composting. Cost: $40.

6 p.m.

Sept. 22, 2017

Master Composter Class

Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden At Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane

The Master Composter class is a three-day class that teaches participants the principles of backyard composting. Cost: $40.

6 p.m.

Sept. 23, 2017

Master Composter Class

Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden At Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 W. Elizabeth Lane

The Master Composter class is a three-day class that teaches participants the principles of backyard composting. Cost: $40.

8:30 a.m.

Oct. 12, 2017

Backyard Composting 101

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3400 Rock Springs Road

Learn the basics of backyard composting with this free program, offered at the Compost Outpost. Register for the 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. class.

5 p.m.

Oct. 14, 2017

Worm Workshop

Botanic Garden Center Trellis Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth Tx, 76107

Come learn the basics of worm composting from entomologist Gail Manning! Register early, space is limited. If you would like to take home worms following the workshop, please make sure to bring a small, dark plastic container (like a butter container). Worms like the dark!

10 a.m.

Oct. 21, 2017

Southeast Landfill Tour

Fort Worth Southeast Landfill, 6288 Salt Road, Fort Worth, Tx 76140

Join us for a tour of the City of Fort Worth's Southeast Landfill! Attendees will meet at the landfill and hear about its operations from landfill manager Jane Berry (Republic Services) while viewing different areas from the City's van. Please note that the tour may also be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

9 a.m.

Nov. 9, 2017

Backyard Composting 101

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3400 Rock Springs Road

Learn the basics of backyard composting with this free program, offered at the Compost Outpost.

5 p.m.

Become a Master Composter

Hours

Open from dawn to dusk daily.

Location

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Rock Springs Road

Take the first left into the garden, which has fountains on both sides. Drive into the Garden and go straight when you come to the stop sign. The path to the Backyard Vegetable Garden is located where Rock Springs Road ends

Note

The Compost Outpost is an education facility — not a place to pick up or drop off compost materials.

The Compost Outpost is a joint project of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth Park & Recreation, Fort Worth Code Compliance Solid Waste Services, North Central Texas Council of Government and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.