Class Title: Composting: Gold for Gardens
Instructor: Shea Porta
Class Description: Are you having difficulties growing in Florida’s sandy soils and don’t want to purchase truckloads of soil or large quantities of fertilizers? Try composting! Compost is easy to make, provides organic nutrients to plants, reduces root knot nematodes in the soil, and retains moisture during dry days. In this three class series, our Garden to Table Program Coordinator, Shea Porta, will walk you through the basics of composting. First, Shea will introduce composting concepts such as the differences between hot and cold composting techniques and give you a tour of the Garden’s composting facilities. In the second class, you will find out what makes good compost through hands-on demonstrations and use of microscopes. Finally, Shea will discuss all the steps and equipment needed for you to successfully compost at home. In the end, you will develop valuable knowledge and practical skills to help keep your garden healthy and productive!
Dates: Mondays, March 17, 24, 31, 2014. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all three classes.
Location: Kapnick Center; White Classroom (124)
Class Size: 15 participants per class
Cost: $10 Garden Members/ $15 Non-members per class
Materials List: Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring note-taking materials
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 10, 5:00pm