Practical tips on creating compost from kitchen scraps and yard waste will be offered Saturday (May 4) at a training course in West University — but registration is required.
West U resident Steve Stelzer, who has composted in his backyard for 15 years, will lead the course from 9-11 a.m. at the West University Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire Blvd. There is no cost to West U residents; cost is $10 for non-residents. Signups are available in person at the Rec Center or by going online, www.westutx.gov/reg, and entering activity/event number 106022-01.
Compost is a rich, natural fertilizer that can be used in a garden to help retain moisture, suppress plant disease and pests and encourage the production of beneficial bacterial and fungi. The minimum backyard ground space needed is 2×2 feet for this nature-friendly “miracle” to occur.
The course is geared for first-time composters and those who have tried it but have questions. Stelzer will present visuals, samples and resources and debunk myths about composting.
In addition to Stelzer’s expertise, participants will receive handouts, a copy of a guide to mulching and composting prepared by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and will have a chance to win a $100 backyard compost bin.
For more, contact the Parks Department at 713-662-7420.