Way Library to offer free workshops on composting, rain gardensWritten by Danielle Stanton | | email@example.com
The Way Public Library, 101 E Indiana Ave in Perrysburg, will offer free workshops on composting and rain gardens in honor of Earth Week April 21-25.
Earth Week 2014 is a time to appreciate Mother Earth and find new ways to reuse and recycle.
The biggest lesson people can take home with them this Earth Week is to make every week an Earth Week, said Judy Hagen, a City of Perrysburg storm water management educator.
“Be conscious of what you’re doing,” Hagen said. “Recycle what you can’t use any more. Throw away as little as possible and take care of Mother Earth. Every little bit helps.”
Hagen, a master gardener and self-professed farm girl, will help instruct each workshop with horticulturist Vicki Gallagher.
At the compost class April 22 at 7 p.m., Hagen and Gallagher will teach the basics of composting, including how to make compost from table scraps and garden debris and how to make garden fertilizer and compost tea. They will discuss small-scale composting with worms to large scale garden composting.
Compost tea is moisture that comes off a compost pile and is turned into sludge for fertilizing. It’s put into plants.
“Composting is just letting Mother Nature decompose to become natural fertilizer,” Hagen said.
The biggest lesson Hagen hopes people take away from the class is: “I can compost – if I’m in an apartment or on a farm. I can do it with worms or in a five gallon tub. I don’t have to throw away my scraps.”
The rain garden and barrels workshop April 24 at 7 p.m. will cover the basics of rain gardens that are created by collecting water from roofs, sidewalks and driveways. The water is diverted into a garden where the clean water is absorbed and contaminants are filtered.
Rain gardens can provide wildlife habitat and absorb more rain than a traditional lawn while removing pollutants from storm water.
The class will cover site and plant selection, installation and maintenance. “A rain garden doesn’t look any different than any other garden. It’s just where you’re going to put it,” Hagen said.
Hagen wants people to take away that if they don’t have enough room for a rain garden, they can do a barrel. “I can still do something wherever I’m at. There’s always options. There’s always different ways to help Mother Earth.”
Also known as National Green Week 2014, Earth Week 2014 promotes the awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment and sustainable living. Environmentalists around the world will recycle and conserve energy throughout the week. Earth Day is April 22.
Two Great Programs at Way in Celebration of Earth Week April 21-25
Compost Workshop on April 22 at Way
Join Vicki Gallagher, 577 Horticulturalist, and Judy Hagen, City of Perrysburg Storm Water Management Educator for an informative program on composting. Vicki and Judy will teach you how to make compost from your table scraps and garden debris. You will also learn the basics of composting to make your own garden fertilizer and compost tea. Small scale composting with worms (vermicomposting) all the way to large scale garden composting will be discussed. This program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Way Library presents Rain Gardens and Barrels on April 24
Discover rain gardens and their role in storm water management on April 24 at 7pm at Way Public Library. Rain gardens provide habitat for wildlife, absorb more rain water than a traditional lawn while removing pollutants from storm water and recharges the ground water. Learn how rain gardens, rain barrels and rain chains can enhance your landscape. This workshop will cover site selection, plant selection, and installation and maintenance considerations. Vicki Gallagher, 577 Horticulturalist, and Judy Hagen, City of Perrysburg Storm Water Management Educator, will be the presenters. This program is free and open to the public.
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