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Lunch ‘n Learn Garden Series: Composting and Soil Health

Event Details

April 1, 2015 12:15 PM — April 1, 2015 12:45 PM
Location: Multicultural Family Center
1157 Central Ave.
Dubuque, IA, 52001
Contact Name: Laura Klavitter
Email: klavitte@iastate.edu
Phone: 5635836496
Website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/dubuque/news/lunch-n-learn-garden-series-composting

Event Description

On Wednesday, April 1st, Dubuque Co. ISU Extension and Ashley Neises, Garden Manager at the Dubuque Rescue Mission, will be teaming up to talk about composting and soil health at a Monthly Lunch ‘n Learn Garden series at the Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave. at 12:15pm. 

Get tips on how to successfully manage a compost system, the basics of what is needed to start a bin, and how to keep soil healthy by composting. Composting is one the greatest ways to add organic matter to the garden. Compost helps to improve soil structure, water holding capacity, and nutrient availability, adding the necessary components for healthy, strong plants and gardens. There are many shapes, sizes, and forms of composting all of which have their own unique approaches.

A healthy compost bin has the right balance of browns (carbon sources) and greens (nitrogen sources) along with moisture and oxygen to get soil microorganisms warmed up for a nice, hot composting pile. Composting is a natural process and takes time and there are many ways to ensure a speedy process. Learn how to reduce waste, grow healthy plants, and save on the water bill this garden season by following a few basic steps.

No registration is required, walk-ins are welcome, and there is no fee to join. Attendees can bring a lunch!

Dates: Wednesday, April 1st
Time: 12:15-12:45pm
Location: Multicultural Family Center: 1157 Central Ave. Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Cost: FREE

Website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/dubuque/lunch

To learn more about composting, gardeners can register for a hands-on workshop at the Dubuque Rescue Mission Gardens on April 20th.