Friday, July 15, 7 p.m., Susan Cowling, “Compost, Don’t Bag It”

Don’t throw away all those kitchen scraps! Turn them into gold for your garden. Master Gardener Susan Cowling will discuss why composting is important and the basics of backyard composting. Composting makes your soil healthier, which in turn improves plant growth by loosening clay soils and improving the soil’s capacity to hold moisture and nutrients. It can also reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in your yard, and it actually cleans air. You can request a composting Fact Sheet HYG-1189-99 from the Lake County Extension Service or read her column in the News-Herald:[1]