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Garfield Park Conservatory Composting Series

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Composters,

The Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC)Compost Series is starting up once again on Saturdays in the demo garden of GPC. We kicked off our first demo at the Green and Growing Fair last Saturday. A special thanks to all that came out and helped: Carol Kolen, Heather Burton, Ruth Melulis and Ella Russell. Thank you!

For the Compost Series, we would like to have two Master Composters for each of the demonstrations. It would be great if you could bring any finished compost or other props for the demos. Harmony Picciuca will be the on site contact and will be able to help you gain necessary materials, i.e: hose, sheers, pruners,green and brown compostables. For on-site assistance please contact Harmony at <> or 773-638-1766 x.24.

Please sign-up with Nancy Kreith at or call at 773-233-0476. The series is as follows:

Where: Demonstration Garden of GPC

When: One Saturday per month

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Provided by: University of Illinois Extension Master Composters


April 28 – Green and Growing Fair* - Worm Composting Bins and Compost Basics

Step by step demo on making an indoor worm bin - Scheduled for 12noon - Join us for a free chance to win a working worm bin. Compost Basics all day – bring your fruit and veggie scraps.

May 19 – How to Get Your Bin Started

Do you know the Do's and Don'ts of Composting? Hear the tricks of the trade from the Master Composters.

June 23 – Heating up Your Compost Bin

Learn how to activate your compost pile and build up some heat!

July 21 – Harvesting and Using Compost

Start harvesting that finished compost from spring. Learn how to use your compost as mulch and potting mix. Compost sifting will be demonstrated.

August 18 – Compost Tea Party for You Garden

Join us in the shade for a spot of tea. Compost tea works wonders on your plants and applying it is a cinch. The process of brewing the tea is slightly more complex.

September 15 – County Fair* – Batch Composting

Learn passive composting systems, such as, add- as- you- go, leaf composting and leaving cut grass behind). Compost Basics all day – bring you fruit and veggie scraps.

October 20 – Winterizing Your Compost Bins

Get those bins ready for winter. Harvest your remaining compost and use it after fall clean up. Remember to shred or cut large stems and branches into small pieces.

*Special Event - On-going demonstrations will last 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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