For a gardener, there are few experiences more satisfying than enriching your garden with compost made in your own backyard, with your own food scraps and other plant material. For the uninitiated however, getting started can be daunting. Or maybe you’ve tried it, and you wound up with a sloppy mess or a mummified pile. Here’s the good news – with just one tool, a hose, the right bin, and a few “golden rules” you can be up and running in no time!
Backyard composting delivers a host of environmental benefits; it’s an effective way to reduce waste and pollution, fight climate change, and provide quality compost for use your gardens. Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, suppresses plant diseases and pests, promotes higher crop yield, and improves water retention in soil. Plus it’s fun!
Ready to dive in? Join Master Composter Melanie Nehls Burow at a free workshop near you! The Boulder County Resource Conservation Division is sponsoring seven compost workshops in various locations throughout the county. Participants will learn how to start and maintain a highly efficient backyard compost system, including what to feed a compost pile, appropriate bins and methods for our geographic area, tips and troubleshooting, and much more. These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited.
Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Boulder County Recycling Center, Education Room (1901 63rd Street)
Monday, Oct. 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Erie Community Center, Mitchell Room (450 Powers Street)
Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 – 1 p.m. at the Lafayette Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room (775 W. Baseline Road)
Monday, Oct. 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Boulder County Parks & Open Space, Prairie Room (5201 Saint Vrain Road)