| Learn to Compost This Summer!
Compost is a crumbly, nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your plants, lawn and garden, especially during periods of drought. Learn how easy it is to make your own compost in your backyard from food scraps and yard waste at Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ FREE Learn to Compost classes. Classes are offered through the middle of October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site located in the Gove Community Garden at 13th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. For a complete list of class dates and times, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.
Applying compost to your plants, lawn and garden is especially important during times of drought when we all need to be cautious about how much water we use. Compost holds moisture in the soil for extended periods of time, which allows water to be available to plants longer between watering. Compost also opens clay soils, allowing better drainage, and closes sandy soils, preventing water from leaching away too quickly.
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.
To review the entire 2013 class schedule and register for a class, visit dug.org/compost or call 303-292-9900.
Composting is a fun, easy activity that allows the whole family to participate in recycling and results in a nourishing soil amendment for your plants, lawn and garden. 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 yard thrive, even during periods of limited water use.
Learn to Compost classes are 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 or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.