At Le Grand Potager de Fontenille, we make fresh compost ourselves, which is used as a natural fertilizer for crops.

Composting is the transformation of vegetable waste into a highly fertile soil that improves the structure and the fertility of the soil in which it is buried.

To make compost, we collect organic waste, from the kitchen and the garden, if they are small enough. We can also add some paper, cardboard, or paper towels if they do not have a trace of glue or ink.

In a few months, the different elements will decompose by natural aging, fermentation and also by digestion by the small bugs of the soil (earthworms, centipedes, clopores). These elements are compacted, reduced and become like fine soil, with a characteristic odor, which can be used to increase the fertility of the soil.

We compost only biodegradable waste :
–  Kitchen waste: peelings of vegetables, eggshells, leftover food …
–  Napkins made of paper and cardboard without ink or glue
–  Tea, coffee, ash in small quantities
–  Garden cuts and clippings

We avoid :
– Sick plants
– Branches that are too big
Large shells (oysters, scallops …), unless they are crushed
Leftovers that can attract small or large carnivores: fish waste and meats (bones, ridges …) unless the bins are closed.

Compost with the Lauris preschool at the Grand Potager


The Lauris preschool children discovered the principle of the compost in the Grand Potager of the Domaine de Fontenille. The children took turns cutting fruit and vegetable peelings into small pieces and throwing them into the compost. This activity allows … Read More

Introduction to composting and observation of the compost’s useful insects


In front of the Grand Potager’s compost, the students from Lauris’ nursery school learned how to sort their waste. Plastic ? In the recycling bin ! Leftover chicken ? In the garbage can ! Vegetable peel ? In the compost … Read More

Presentation of the compost


Presentation of the compost to the children visiting the Grand Potager of the Domaine de Fontenille

Setting up the composting area


A composting area of 20 meters long has been set up on the Grand Potager, in order to upgrade green waste and create compartments for the storage of elements in different stages of maturation, as well as to allow them … Read More