Learning about home composting


The Port St. Joe Garden Club ("PSJGC") held its February members' meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. Mr. Ray Bodrey, UFAS Gulf County Extension Director and a member of the PSJGC, was the featured speaker presenting the program "From Garbage to Garden: How to Create and Maintain a Compost Pile." The program was most informative, explaining how to establish and maintain a home composting pile.

Composting helps the environment by reducing the amount of food waste carted to landfills and providing composing material to rejuvenate the soil especially important to gardeners. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 33 million tons of food waste is thrown into our garbage ending in landfills each year.

Choosing to compost is environmentally friendly by helping to reduce the volume of food waste in landfills. What can be composted? Many everyday items. Composting material falls into two broad categories: carbon known as browns and nitrogen known as greens. The browns are fallen leaves, small branches and twigs, shredded newspaper, paper plates, napkins, and paper towels. The greens are fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, egg shells, coffee grounds, grass clippings and farm animal manure. Things that should not be introduced to your composting pile include weeds and diseased plants, meat, bones, fats, oils, or animal waste of carnivores. If you are interested in composting at home check out "Compost Tips for the Home Gardener-UF/IFAS EDIS Publication #ENH1065" at www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu. Please join us for our April meeting on April 12 for a presentation by two PSJGC members, Ms. Patty Dunlap and Ms. Carol Weber, for a program on "Learn About the Florida Master Gardener Program." The presentation will focus on the experiences and opportunities presented to certified Florida Master Gardeners. The Master Gardener Program is sponsored by the Gulf County UF/IFAS Extension Office. And don't forget to come see us at the Plant Sale 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.. ET April 14. Anyone interested in joining the PSJGC, in attending a program, or renting the Garden Center at 216 8th Street, a national and historical site, may email psjgardenclub@gmail.com.