Compost pile. (Black Press File)

Compost pile. (Black Press File)

Rosslanders can learn compost best practices

“Your compost pile shouldn’t smell and it shouldn’t be attracting animals.”

Mix some kitchen scraps up with some dried leaves. Add a little water and air, and before long your so-called ‘garbage’ has miraculously turned to compost.

That dark, humousy compost is the perfect top dress for your lawn, or addition to your vegetable bed. And it was free. But there’s a little more to successful and responsible composting than just heaping your kitchen scraps in a pile.

“Your compost pile shouldn’t smell and it shouldn’t be attracting animals,” explains Ann Damude of the Sustainability Commission, “If it is, then your compost pile needs some work. It may be too wet, or too dry or need to be turned more regularly. It’s not complex but you do have to pay attention.”

To help people compost successfully and responsibly, the Sustainability Commission and the Rossland Society for Environmental Action are co-hosting a composting workshop this Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. This free workshop will be led by Rachael Roussin, a passionate composter and a driving force behind many of Rossland’s food and agriculture initiatives.

Drawing on her Masters degree in Land & Water Systems, Roussin will explain the chemistry of composting, how to build or choose a compost bin, how to assemble and monitor your compost heap, how to trouble shoot and finally how to use that garden gold in your garden or yard. As a former Bear Aware Coordinator, Roussin will be emphasizing responsible composting in bear country.

This free composting workshop will take place at the Community Garden, North Jubilee Park in Rossland from 10 to 11 a.m.

Come prepared to get dirty. Boots and raincoats recommended if it’s raining.

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