Compost is a crumbly, nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your plants, lawn and garden. Learn how easy it is to make compost in your backyard from food scraps and yard waste at Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ FREE Learn to Compost classes. Making your own compost not only improves your lawn and garden, it also saves you money, reduces the materials you send to the landfill, and increases your overall soil quality.
Classes start at the end of April and are offered until the middle of October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site located in the Gove Community Garden at 13th and Colorado Blvd. For a complete list of class dates and times, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.
Each hands-on, two-hour Learn to Compost class teaches the basics of backyard composting. Special in-depth Worm Workshops and Build-a-Pile classes are also offered.
- WORM WORKSHOPS focus on vermicomposting (worm composting) and will be held once each month, May through October.
- BUILD-A-PILE CLASSES give participants hands-on experience building an entire compost pile, including incorporating different ingredients, chopping materials, watering and turning the pile. Five Build-a-Pile classes will be held throughout the season.
Class registration is first come, first served. Registration for each class opens one month prior to the class date. Pre-registration is required to attend the classes.
Composting is a fun, easy activity that allows the whole family to participate in recycling and results in a nourishing soil amendment that holds moisture in the soil for extended periods of time. Compost also opens clay soils, allowing better drainage, and closes sandy soils, preventing water from leaching away too quickly.
Organic materials like leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what Denver residents send to the landfill every year. You can help reduce that amount by learning how to compost these items in your backyard and help your plants, lawn and garden thrive!
|To review the class schedule and register for a class, go online to www.dug.org/compost or call 303-292-9900.
This program is sponsored by Denver Recycles (a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management) and Denver Urban Gardens. For more information about this program or other Denver Recycles programs call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit us online at DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.