UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Compost: Trash to Garden Treasure Lecture

Monday, April 15th 10 a.m.

by Larry Williams

Crestview, Fla. — Much of the trash that we throw away can be used to make our gardens more productive, which means more produce to enjoy.

Many materials can be used to produce compost. Grass clippings, leaves, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, vegetable and fruit clippings, shredded paper and chopped brush are a few examples of organic matter suitable for composting. Cheese, meat scraps, fats or bones should be avoided because of the potential for attracting pests like flies and rodents. Also, these materials are slower to decompose and may create an odor problem.

Example of Compost Bin

The size of a compost bin or enclosure may vary but you will need to construct an enclosure at least 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet. It can be made from almost anything: wire, wooden pallets, cement blocks, etc. One side of the bin should be either open or removable for ease of adding and removing materials from the bin.

There are many methods to produce compost. You may need to experiment to determine what works best for you.

Larry Williams, the Residential Horticulture Agent for Okaloosa County Extension office of the University of Florida/IFAS provide a lecture on home composting on Monday, April 15. This approximately one-hour lecture will begin at 10 a.m. at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, located at 3098 Airport Road in Crestview, Florida.

There is no charge to attend but seating is limited, and registration is required. You can find the link to register by going to Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lecture Series 2024.

If the Eventbrite registration states that it is sold out, please call the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Crestview at 850-689-5850 to see if additional seating is available.

The University of Florida is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For disability accommodations such as alternate formats of written material, please contact Larry Williams, llw5479@ufl.edu, 850-689-5850 at least one week in advance.

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