Oct 1: Backyard composting workshop

You can turn all of your non-meat food scraps, your autumn leaves, your grass clippings, yard and garden waste, your newspapers, even some of your cardboard waste into high-quality compost! This is a rich soil conditioner that will improve the health and productivity of your lawn, trees, shrubs, flowers, veggies and house plants.
It’s easy to do, once you learn some basic rules, and have the right bin. And it’s a great way to re-connect with Nature, give something back, in a very direct way.

Pennsylvania Resources Council has been presenting these workshops for over a decade now. Over 15,000 households have gained solid instruction, quality bins and inspiration to do it themselves.
The workshop thoroughly covers the importance of composting, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance, troubleshooting and some good ways of using finished compost.  Participants will receive an Earth Machine Compost Bin with attendance. Approved across the state as an ideal bin for urban and suburban areas, it has an eighty-gallon capacity (big enough for even the largest household). If not abused, it can last for many years.

10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Frick Environmental Center on Beechwood Boulevard (near Forbes Ave.).  $50 per adult, $55 per couple (this can be a relative, friend or neighbor, if you share a single bin); children <18 w/adult come for free -- this is a great project to share with your kids!  Register Online at http://www.zerowastepgh.org/  or by phone: 412-488-7490 x236

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