Home Composting with Bill Shores

Schedule and Location

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration Building

Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember

Course Description

Bill Shores kneels near his garden

Learn to make your own compost and the basics of composting with worms. Compost is that dark crumbly material—the result of decomposed organic materials—that improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air around plant roots. You can buy it, but it’s easy—and good for the planet—to make your own. Learn how to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into wonderfully rich, free compost—black gold for your garden.

We will begin with an overview of the basics of composting then go on to discuss how composting systems can fit neatly and attractively into suburban landscapes, or even indoors. See examples of container composting systems, passive composting techniques, and the types of materials that can be composted efficiently in small spaces. We will also discuss the uses of composting redworms for highly productive indoor or outdoor composting, as well as for recycling and rejuvenating container soils.

Great for the homeowner who doesn’t want a messy compost pile cluttering up their yard, or for the townhouse or condo owner confined to indoor solutions or a very small outdoor space.

Instructor: Bill Shores
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 35

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