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What's Your #1

Composting Mistake?

Did you know there are 4 unique composting mistakes? Just knowing what to avoid can be transforming, providing incredible clarity and confidence as you create your dream garden.

We believe that behind every gardener's struggle is a hidden

superpower waiting to be unlocked with compost.

Join thousands of gardeners for this "Composting for Life" workshop and discover the 7 Composting Killers (mistakes gardeners make) and what to do instead.

Here's what you'll discover:

  • What your compost needs to get hot and stay hot
  • How to set up your compost area for success
  • What materials to compost and how to prepare them for composting
  • How to get the most from your compost tumbler (See what manufacturers don't tell you)

What is the Compost Academy?

A lively, online course where you discover:

  • The Compost Cookbook: Make garden-ready compost in 6 weeks
  • How to set up your compost area for success
  • Secrets to year-round composting
  • How to tame your composting tumbler
  • Sorting materials with the green, yellow, and red light system
  • How to recognize — and avoid — composting myths
  • How to troubleshoot your compost: Tried-and-true fixes
  • 25+ ways to use compost to become the best gardener you know
  • And much more… Delivered 'live and lively' via Zoom

Christine K., Alexandria, VA

Hazel K., Quesnel, BC

Phil C., Columbia Falls, MT

I have just finished the Compost Academy and I highly recommend it! Marion is an amazing, knowledgeable tutor, witty, and super helpful!

— Silvia H., Edmonton, AB

I have LOVED being a part of the Compost Academy. Marion cuts through all the misinformation, contradictions, and confusion that's out on the internet about composting and gardening.

— Christine K., Alexandria, VA

Marion Owen is a rock star! The Compost Academy jump-started my new garden! Highly recommend! It would make a great gift for anyone you know who wants to get started or take a garden to the next level.

— Jodie Vee, Atlanta, GA

Discover Your #1 Composting Mistake

Did you know there are 4 unique composting mistakes, and knowing this can be transforming, by providing incredible clarity and confidence as you create your dream garden.

Simplify Composting With Proven Tips

Discover the 7 Composting Killers (mistakes gardeners make) and what to do instead so you can make hot compost quickly.

The garden you've always wanted REALLY is possible.

You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going.

Simply take the first step.

Take it from me…


Hi, I'm Marion Owen, a veteran, in-the-trenches gardener and composter since 1985.


I've written a weekly organic garden column for 25 years and helped

thousands of gardeners, small-scale farmers, beginners, and certified master gardeners replace all the confusing composting information out there with a proven method to make compost quickly so they can realize the garden of their dreams.


But I wasn't born a gardener…


I moved to Alaska in 1984. In no time, I wanted to grow some of my own food. I raised a few seedlings. I planted. I watered. I failed.


I read all the books at the library. And I kept coming across the term 'compost.' Curious, I turned to the Cooperative Extension Service for help. They said it would take 5 years to make compost!


Then I discovered a little-known method of making compost that was developed over 100 years ago… I figured I had nothing to lose.


A few days later, I grabbed a pitchfork and turned my compost. A cloud of steam rose up. It was HOT! it worked! In June, I harvested a bounty of lettuce, broccoli, and all kinds of other veggies.


Turning my first compost pile was a turning point in my life…

During the last record-setting heatwave, the plants growing in compost-rich soil did far better than everything else.


Thank you, Marion!

Hazel K., Quesnel, BC

This was money well spent. For 20+ years I wasted my time composting. It took six months to make a batch of compost that made little difference to our garden anyway. I now understand what actually happens in a compost heap and I have a whole new level of enthusiasm for gardening. — Clint M., Calgary, AB

Thanks to the Compost Academy I won't be taking enormous bags of grass clippings, leaves, and food waste to the dump. I’ll be making compost! I didn’t just learn about composting. I learned so much about gardening. I didn’t have a mentor until the Compost Academy.

Georgia B., Anchorage, AK

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What's Your #1

Composting Mistake?

Did you know there are 4 unique composting mistakes? Just knowing what to avoid can be transforming, providing incredible clarity and confidence as you create your dream garden.

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