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Learn About Composting

Autumn is a great time to learn about composting! The NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn will be tabling at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket at the Market Manager's table this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and say hello and bring all your compost questions! Next weekend on Saturday, Oct. 16 we'll be at the Red Hook Community Farm's Harvest Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to their work in the field, there are several exciting, new composting workshops being offered by the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn this October and November. All classes are held at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Mulch, Leaves, and Cover Crops: How to Protect and Improve Your Soil

Wednesday, October 13 6–8 p.m.
The key to beautiful, healthy plants is the soil in which they grow. In this workshop, learn the basics of soil structure, organic fertilizers, soil amendment secrets, the underworld critters that abound, and the importance of organic matter and composting for healthy soil. As a fall focus, we will discuss what to do with leaves, the benefits of mulching, and which cover crops will protect and improve your garden's soil.

Composting in the City

Tuesday, October 19, 6–8 p.m.
Learn how leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Making dark, rich, crumbly compost doesn't take much time, work, or space. This class covers the composting process, using finished compost, avoiding and solving problems, and helpful equipment and tools.

Composting Alternatives and Gathering Materials

Tuesday, November 9, 6–8 p.m.
Want to compost without giving up your precious garden space? This workshop will give you some options to make rich compost in your backyard, and a list of materials you can find in the neighborhood to balance your compost pile.

Composting with Lovely Redworms

Tuesday, November 16, 6–8 pm
Did you know that redworms have five pairs of hearts? Come to this workshop to learn more about this unique species and all about vermicomposting (composting with worms), including how to make and maintain a home for redworms. Participants will receive a voucher to buy a pound of redworms and a plastic worm bin for only $44.

Jenny Blackwell is curator of the Discovery Garden and plantings at the south end of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Originally from Minnesota, Jenny didn’t really get bitten by the horticulture bug until she moved to New York City in 2005. After working as an intern at BBG and receiving a Certificate in Horticulture in 2008, she gardened with the compost tea masters at Battery Park City Parks Conservancy before serving as project manager for BBG’s NYC Compost Project for five years. She joined BBG’s Horticulture staff in 2014. Jenny is passionate about ecology and soil, and her favorite ecosystem in the Discovery Garden is the meadow.

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The NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Botanic Garden