Composting at home is easy! It can be done in a small space (approximately four cubic feet), in sun or shade, and in any season of the year. Did you know that most food waste ends up in the landfill? By composting yard trimmings and kitchen scraps at home, you can help turn these materials into a rich soil amendment instead.
Using compost has many advantages including improved soil texture, improved drainage, and nutrient availability in clay soil, and preventing water loss in sandy soil. When compost is added to soil, it also reduces the need for fertilizer by providing nutrients. The organic matter in compost holds moisture, which saves water and money.
Success in backyard composting involves combining waste from plants into proper ratios to accelerate their natural breakdown or decomposition. Learn about ratios of greens to browns and more beginning on Saturday, November 4, from Montgomery County Master Gardeners at The Woodlands Township’s Parks Department Campus located at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive. Classes are held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and include hands-on opportunities to try your hand at turning a pile, experiment with various composting tools and learn about vermicomposting – composting with worms!
The classes repeat on a Saturday morning each month in November, December, January, February, and March. Check out the class schedule and join us to demystify backyard composting! Classes are free and no registration is required.
High quality C.E. Shepherd compost bins are available for sale at each of our monthly composting classes for only $65. Residents may also purchase a compost bin from the Environmental Services Department at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive during regular business hours.
For more information on backyard composting, check out this helpful overview from the University of Florida.
Contact Environmental Services at 281-210-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.