We will meet at 9:30 am September 10th at the Wells Branch MUD rec center for a discussion and demonstrations on Composting. We'll have our local experts walk everybody through the best ways to make compost, discuss it's uses and how important it is, especially in this time of exceptional drought. This will be a roll up your sleeves and do it kind of meeting, as well as a time to ask questions and discuss.
The food scraps off you tables, grass cuttings and leaves out of your yard can make some of the best fertilizer you can use, and you don't have to buy it.
1. What is compost - commercial, homemade - chemical composition, nitrogen, etc. - how does it work? Benefits to plants and the environment. - George 2. What are the ways that it is made - commercial, homemade: Ingredients: Leaves (leaves to avoid), grass, weeds (?), food waste (what to choose), additives: molasses, manure, worms (vermiculture) - moisture and heat needed. Slow and quick composting. - Dianne (this could be a key demo) 3. Equipment- in the ground, bins, tumblers (where and how to construct in ground, where to buy bins or tumblers, where to place in the yard) - plus and minuses of each - controlling pests and insects - Kathleen 4. Effects on plants, types of compost for plants needing low nitrogen or high nitrogen. - Yvette 5. Ways to apply and best times to apply. - Yvette 6. Seed bombs - Tara
I'll have a number of books from the library for adults and families with kids to view on this topic too.
Backyard composting: your complete guide to recycling yard clippings
The complete compost gardening guide: banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money,and producing the most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever
Let it rot: the gardener's guide to composting
The vegetable gardener's book of building projects: raised beds, cold frames,compost bins, planters, plant supports, trellises, harvesting and storage aids
Compost stew: an A to Z recipe for the earth
Garbage helps our garden grow: a compost story
OverDrive eBook: The Complete Compost Gardening Guide
OverDrive eBook: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening