Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. You, as a homeowner, have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary.

NatureScaping of Southwest Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization whose goal is to educate and encourage homeowners to make their yards and gardens a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

Membership above the $20 level will support maintaining the gardens fencing, irrigation, educational materials and more.

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Master Composter/Recyclers

Composting Demo Site

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The Master Composter/Recycler compost demo site provides an opportunity to see the many variations of composters available for home use. Visit the demo site to learn about composting, composting systems, and ways to turn organic waste into a rich soil amendment. You can see firsthand how compost is made, and learn how it can be used as a finished product. During summer months you can also see an active worm bin. Feel free to take a look inside the bin to see the worms at work.

The demonstration site is also a resource for the NatureScaping gardeners. Organic material removed from the gardens is composted in the demo site, or applied to the site's hugelkultur landscape berm. Compost produced at the site is cycled back into the gardens - closing the loop by turning plant trimmings into a medium that nourishes the gardens. In essence the demo site takes the garden's "waste" to feed the soil, which then grows the plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Wildlife friendly features at the demo site include a bat house, a rock pile, and a hugelkultur berm. Hugelkultur, a German word meaning "hill culture" is a way to compost by layering material in a mound. The landscape mound on the west side of the composting area is an experiment with this technique. Parts of this berm are being planted with natives to provide habitat.

To learn more about composting visit the Master Composter/Recycler website at Master Composter/Recycler