May 15, 2019
Spring is here, and it’s time to take your recycling and gardening efforts to the next level by learning how to compost in your own backyard! Get started today by signing up for one of Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ free Learn to Backyard Compost classes. These hands-on classes will show you just how easy and fun it is to make your own compost from food scraps and yard debris such as leaves, brush, and even weeds!
Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what Denver residents send to the landfill each year. Making and utilizing compost at home is easy and it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and some finished compost that can be used as a soil amendment around your home.
Free Learn to Backyard Compost classes begin on Sunday, May 5th and are offered through mid-October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site (located within the Gove Community Garden on the southwest corner of 13th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard). Each of the regular two-hour Learn to Backyard Compost classes includes an overview of composting basics, such as how to prepare organic material, how to create the proper mix of browns (carbon) to greens (nitrogen), how to properly water and turn your compost pile or tumbler, and how to troubleshoot problems. In addition to the traditional composting techniques outlined in all classes, a total of six Worm Workshop classes will focus specifically on vermicomposting (worm composting) techniques.
Registration for all classes is on a first-come, first-served basis and will open one month prior to each class date. Pre-registration is required. To sign up for a class, visit dug.org/compost or call 303-292-9900.
Denver’s FREE Learn to Backyard Compost classes are sponsored by Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens. For more information about the many ways to compost, please visit DenverGov.org/Compost or call 311 (720-913-1311).