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URI, Resource Recovery to sponsor composting workshop in Warwick, April 8

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 20, 2006 -- As gardeners prepare their home landscapes for the spring growing season, the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. are offering a workshop on what to do with yard litter and the remains of last year’s plants.

“Composting Your Garden’s Spring Clean-up Debris” is a two-hour workshop on April 8 aimed at teaching residents how to turn yard debris into valuable compost. The program, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon at a residential property in Warwick, is open to the public for a fee of $10.

The workshop leader is Reinhard Sidor, a URI Master Gardener, who said that gardeners who begin to compost leaves and other plant material in April will have usable compost by June.

According to Sidor, composting saves gardeners the cost of purchasing mulch, reduces the need for fertilizer, improves soil quality, increases plant vitality, and reduces the quantity of materials that are sent to the landfill.

During the workshop, Sidor will demonstrate and discuss the principles of composting, including the various methods of processing compost, the use of lawn mowers and rototillers to make the process easier, labor saving hints, and the use of compost in container gardens, perennials and shrubs. Compost piles in various stage of decomposition will be on display.

For additional details or to register for the workshop, call the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center at 401-874-4453. Attendance is limited to 25, and registration must be made by April 1.