aLA Natural Contest


We think Mother Nature has the best green thumb. That’s why we prefer to let her work her magic in the garden instead of using toxic pesticides and fertilizers.

Darth Vader Helmet2Tell us your best all natural gardening tip and we’ll send you a free LA Stormwater recycled cotton tote, which can hold gardening tools or groceries. You’ll also be entered to win your very own lightweight Earth Machine composter!

The Earth Machine composter is 33.5 inches high by 34 inches in diameter. It’s a snap to use and even comes with a handy how-to compost guide. For tips, you can watch this video of Los Angeles Councilmember Felipe Fuentes composting.

 There are two easy ways to enter the aLA Natural contest:

  • Log on to Facebook and enter here.
  • Submit your answer in the contest entry form below.

The contest ends at midnight on May 7, 2014 and is only open to residents of Los Angeles. (The compost winner will need to swing by our office to pick up the composter.)


Comments (23)

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    Norma Suka
    April 23rd, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    By sweeping dry leaves into the dirt areas of a garden it eventually becomes more dirt. Free extra dirt!

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    April 24th, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Thank you for bringing awareness

  3. Sally Mounlasy
    April 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Use newspapers as weed barriers when creating a new bed. They are printed with soy ink and decompose nicely, and are simple to lay out again when decomposed. Don’t use slick colored advertisements or colored pages .

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Coffee grinds and Egg shells make for great fertilizer and means less in the landfills

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Using California native plants suited to your particular location is one of the best ways to ensure that your garden will always be beautiful.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:10 am

    My worm bin has been my best planet friendly tool. All vegetable scraps go right into the bin outside my kitchen door. I feed the worms to my chickens, dilute the leachate to fertilize all my plants, and use the worm castings in my vegetable garden. My plants flower right after a feeding, the chickens get a nice high protein treat, and I reduce my garbage. Win Win Win.

  7. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Plant pollinator attracting California Native plants around the perimeter of your veg garden, and watch what happens! Grow native, for life!

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I collected water from the air conditioning condensation during the summertime and used it to water the drought-tolerant plants which my parents had planted in the backyard. It was a wonderful way of not using ANY water for landscaping in the summertime when demand for water is higher and during a historic period of drought. My uncle actually drains his water heater every six months as part of routine maintenance and he cools it down for several hours and then uses a garden hose to water his plants with the water inside the water heater, so none of the water being drained is gone to waste.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Plants love starch, so the next time you cook pasta save the water. After it has cooled, use it for a free boost to your plants.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Collect water while shower heating up to water my plants.

  11. Norma
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    When I sweep up leaves from the backyard I put them in the dirt area of the garden and let them ‘go back into the soil’ naturally. I get a lot of extra ‘free’ dirt after a while.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I save my eggshells and grind them up in my coffee grinder. I used the ground up shells to make a perimeter around my fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t kill the pests but it does keeps pests such as slugs and snails away and the calcium is good for the soil.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I have a large garden and to keep bugs away from the veggies and flies away from the fruit I use dog pee, from my own dog, around the perimeter or the garden. I also use my cats poo to keep raccoons from eating my garden.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    This last summer was brutal with bugs. We had lots of veggies growing and some(cucumber, watermelon, pumpkin, squash and a few others here in there) were under attack. I never use any chemcials in our garden so I did some research and used a tomato leaf spray extract combined with companion planting to do away with aphids! I first cut a cup or two tomato leaves and soaked them in warm water over night, the next day I dilluted it and put it into a spray bottle. When the sun set, I sprayed all the plants infected thoroughly and did some garlic planting(which is very fast and easy, you plop the outter blubs about an inch deep, root down). All the plants ended up pulling through which made for a great harvest!

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Plant plenty of succulents. Not only have you planted a water friendly plant but you’ve also planted a plant that gives you more plants. Succulent clippings can be replanted very easily. Just put them in dirt and give them a drink and they’ll grow.

  16. Sally
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I use newspapers as weed barriers when creating a new bed. They decompose nicely, and are simple to lay out again when decomposed. Don’t use slick colored advertisements or colored pages!

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I throw my coffee grinds into the landscape every morning. I have a watering can in shower that I use to water potted plants. I have a rain chain that drains into the landscape.

  18. Lori
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:19 am

    We like to use the seeds from what we grow and eat to replant more. We also use ladybugs as a natural way to keep our garden organic.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Not all plants native to California are native to your neighborhood! Local native plants have had millennia to adapt to local soil and climate conditions, so they are more likely to thrive and less likely to need supplemental watering, soil amendments, and other “unnatural” care. And many are very attractive-not just for us, but also for native birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Go native!

  20. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I let the worms work their magic. More than a year ago I collected about 20 to 25 worms from my garden. Then, I mix them with dirt from my garden, and the leftover of fruits and vegetables in a 5 gallons bucket. After a month or two the worms recycle the leftovers, and reproduce themselves. Carefully, I removed them from the recycle dirt, and I used the soil to fertilized my plants.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:20 am

    When i want hot water to do the dishes in the AM, i fill a gallon container with the first water that comes out of the faucet, that isn’t hot yet. Then i water my plants with that gallon and the dishpan water from the day before. i fill the dishpan with hot water and use that for the day.

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    May 4th, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I place a large pitcher on top of the drain of the bathtub to catch the cold water from the hot water faucet while I wait for the hot water to run from the faucet. I use the water saved in the pitcher to water my drought tolerant plants and vegetables on my patio.

  23. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    May 7th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Compost is key to gardening.

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