‘Rebuilding Soil by Recycling’ composting workshop
From press releaseUniversity of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County will host the composting workshop “Rebuilding Soil by Recycling” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22, at U of I Extension-Winnebago County, 1925 S. Meridian Road, Rockford.
Compost will improve the quality of almost any soil. Whether you are on a farm or in the city, compost will greatly improve the structure and texture of the soil, enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture and air for plants. But composting is more than just piling up grass clippings and leaves. To get high-quality compost takes some management. Water, air and the materials that go into compost determine how fast and what kind of compost you end up with.
Learn more about recycling manure, yard and kitchen waste by composting. This workshop will address how composting works, factors that influence composting, what materials can be composted, and how to blend materials. Troubleshooting and uses of compost will also be discussed. Come learn how to make this natural soil amendment in your own back yard; everyone is invited to attend—from beginners with backyard gardens to growers with small farms.
This composting workshop will be presented by Ellen Phillips, Extension Educator—Crop Systems with University of Illinois Extension. Cost is $15. To register for this program or for more information, visit www.extension.illinois.edu/winnebago or call U of I Extension-Winnebago County at (815) 986-4357.
From the May 19-25, 2010 issue
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