Jun 01, 2018
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 your home not only puts these resources to good use and sends less material to the landfill, but it also improves lawn and garden health, conserves resources, saves money, and increases overall soil health.
Free Learn to Backyard Compost classes 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 the compost basics—such as how to prepare organic material for composting, how to create the proper ratio of browns to greens (carbon to nitrogen), and how to properly water and turn your compost pile, container or tumbler. A total of six classes throughout the season are flagged as Worm Workshops, and specifically focus 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 classes, 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 backyard composting and other programs offered by Denver Recycles, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).