Get Ready for ‘Compost Camp,’ Worms Included

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Worms aren’t just for bait anymore. With a little encouragement, they can help make your yard the envy of the block.

“Compost Camp” is a special composting how-to workshop that includes special instruction on how earthworms can be added to compost to make it even better for fertilizing your landscape. (Compost that has been helped along by earthworms has even been shown to help in warding off common garden pests, like the pesky horned tomato worm.) Of course, we can also show you how to make the compost. It’s cheap, and it’s easy to do.

Compost Camp is offered in two sessions on April 16, 2011 at Friendship Trays Community Garden
at 2401-A Distribution Street in Charlotte; Session A will be held 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Session B will be held 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Both sessions will offer a worm class and a backyard compost class. Each class is limited to 15 people. The cost for the worm class alone is $25, the backyard compost class alone is $10, and both are $30. Deadline for Compost Camp registration is Weds., April 13.

Other how-to composting workshops (without worms) are offered by Mecklenburg County. The basic Home Composting Workshop is a two-hour hands-on workshop. Topics include home composting and residential recycling, soil preparation and management, toxicity reduction, grasscycling and mulching. This class is suitable for beginners.

Composting classes are limited to 20 people per class, and required for anyone wishing to participate in the advanced Master Composter program. Classes are held from 10:00 a.m. to noon (unless otherwise noted) at a cost of $10 each, at many locations throughout Mecklenburg County. They are held outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Closed-toe shoes are required for safety reasons.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online. The deadline for registration is the Wednesday before the class. Please select a workshop and complete the registration form for online registration or register by phone at 704-336-4304.

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