Composting Demonstration Site Opens May 11

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Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers maintain a composting demonstration site at the Western NC Farmers Market, at the Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center. The site will open for public demonstrations, beginning May 11, 2024.

Backyard Composting

When to Visit?

The site is staffed and provides demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. fourtimes during the growing season. The dates for the demos in 2024 are: May 11, June 15, August 10 and September 14.

What Will You See?

There are five different composting methods on display at the site. There is a single bin unit, a tumbling composter, a wood pallet bin and a classic 3-bin system — we also usually bring an example of vermiculture on each demo day.  The site is stocked with informational pamphlets on the how-to and why of composting and they complement the information available in the composting video on this website. Click here to view the video: Making and Using Compost at Home.

An additional Composting demonstration area is located at The Learning Garden at the Extension Office, 49 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Master Gardener volunteers are present in the garden on Wednesday mornings during the growing season. Stop by the site any Wednesday morning, May – October to observe their work and ask questions. The Rose, Cottage, and Dye Gardens have workdays on Monday mornings. Click here for details about The Learning Garden’s in-person programs for 2024.

Outdoor Composting bins

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Alison Arnold, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAlison ArnoldExtension Agent, Agriculture - Home Horticulture, Extension Master Gardeners Call Alison Email Alison N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center
Updated on May 9, 2024
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