Dig into soil at backyard composting class July 21 at Stillwater Public Library

Backyard CompostingRegistration is now full!

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 1, 2015) – Stillwater Public Library will provide an easy-to-follow overview of composting for area gardeners and conservationists on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. “Backyard Composting” will be presented by Lynn Malley, OSU’s Cooperative Extension Assistant State Specialist for Solid Waste Management Programs.

“There are many reasons our community members should start composting,” said Malley. “Backyard composting is a great way to help the environment. In return, you get amazing soil that works well in your garden and yard and is beneficial in times of drought.”

According to Malley, landfills typically contain about 40% organic matter. A large percentage of that matter could easily have been reused in composting.

Why aren’t more people composting?

“By far, people’s biggest fear is the compost bin producing odors and attracting bugs and animals,” said Malley. “But none of that will happen if you compost the right way, which is what I will teach you.”

Malley will explain what equipment is needed, how to manage the bin, including which foods can be used, how to deal with composting problems and what to do with the compost produced.

“The soil that results from composting is especially good at absorbing moisture,” said Malley. “During times of drought, the sponge-like nature of compost helps the soil retain rain and irrigation, so much less water trickles away to waste.”

Refreshments will be provided and will be used to demonstrate which types of leftover foods are appropriate for composting.

“Backyard Composting” is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at http://library.stillwater.org and at the Help Desk at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or (405) 372-3633 x8106.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.