Coming Up: Get Dirty.

26 Oct, 2012

By Joyce Newman, Environmental Reporter


Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont will host  a compost bin sale and free workshop this Saturday 10/27 from 9-10 AM .  The workshop is especially designed for beginners and will help you get started with a backyard composting bin system that will provide free fertilizer for your garden in the spring. It’s Composting 101!


The workshop will show you how and where to set up a bin, what should and shouldn’t go into it, and how to maintain it.


“The best part,” says Holly Moskow, Executive Director of the Center, “is seeing how to harvest the nutrient-rich compost you can use in your garden.”


Fall is a good time of year to start a compost bin because of all the leaves on the ground that can be mixed with kitchen waste. Most people stick to fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds for their backyard systems.


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our yard trimmings and food scraps together constitute as much as  27 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become usable compost instead.


The Earth Machine compost bin.


The Center will be selling composting bins made by The Earth Machine ( at right), which can be used for backyard composting of both yard waste and food scraps. The price for a bin with free workshop is $85. Online registration and order information is available here.


Homemade compost heap.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


For do-it-yourselfers, Consumer Reports Greener Choices website provides advice on making your own compost bin, either for outdoors, or an indoor bin if you don’t have backyard space. ( Full disclosure: This reporter is the editor of the site.)


In addition, the EPA has some instructions for doing backyard composting and also Cornell’s Waste Management Institute has extensive resources including a home composting fact sheet.


Photos:   Sheldrake Environmental Center.





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