composting my Guerrilla Garden

grabbing some free compost!

Last weekend I was able to tend to my soon-to-be Guerrilla Garden @ San Pedro & Boyd. See my last blog post about this project ( With the site all cleared from debris and weeds, I composted the dirt to soften it up a bit. Scott, from  SoCal Guerrilla Gardening who I have been communicating with electronically, suggested composting my soil after I explained to him it was hard and compact. I found this information on the website,  about the benefits of using compost:

Benefits of Using Compost

  • Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
  • Increases moisture infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
  • Improves water-holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
  • Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
  • May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
  • Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
  • Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
  • Supplies beneficial micro-organisms to soils and growing media.
  • Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
  • Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.

DLANC member Jayne ( )  told me  about a program  from the LA Bureau of Sanitation ( that has free composting give-aways to the public. I found a site close to DT open on Saturday, next to the LA River @ Washington under a bridge. I loaded up on the stuff- it’s free! Yipee!

compost site under the a brige @ the LA River & Washington

ready to mix in the compost

all spread out and blended in to my soil-nice and chunky!

I’m thinking some colorful bougainvillea for up against the fencing, and some succulents for the center of my patch.

this is my idea for the space...

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1 Response to composting my Guerrilla Garden

  1. Pingback: planting my 1st Guerrilla Garden @ San Pedro & Boyd | Trees on San Pedro Street Project

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