Want to learn how to implement a compost? Then this program is for you.

Mecklenburg County Press Release:

Due to popular demand, Mecklenburg County’s P.L.A.N.T. program is offering a second Master Composters class this year – and making the course open to the public.

The program takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 13 through Nov. 12 at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rock River Road. It is free on the condition that participants work on a County composting project or volunteer with the County’s Piedmont Landscape and Naturescape Training program.

Participants learn how to turn yard and kitchen waste into compost – a nutrient-rich gardening compound that currently costs $23 per cubic yard to purchase. Training doesn’t stop there: The condensed six-week course includes sessions on a variety of plant and landscaping issues and practices, including:

● Soil science
● Mulching
● Recycling and resource management
● Water protection and reduction of toxic chemicals
● Vermiculture gardening
● Native and invasive plants
● Habitat gardening

Demand for the Master Composters course was so high this spring that several potential participants were wait-listed. Now, just as leaves are beginning to fall and gardens gird for winter, all residents have the chance to learn more about green, economical landscaping and gardening techniques.

Space is limited, so act soon. For further information or to register for the course, call Dana Glenn at (704) 432-1970.