Composting & rain barrel workshops coming to Allegheny County

February 6, 2018 | Friends of EG comments

Need help getting started with composting or a rain barrel? The Pennsylvania Resources Council will be hosting a multitude of workshops throughout Allegheny County this spring.

Pre-registration is necessary for any of the workshops and can be done at their website or by calling 412-488-7490, Ext. 226.

Backyard composting

Learn the benefits of backyard composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.

March 7, from 7-8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
April 13, from 7-8:30 p.m., Blueberry Hill Park, Franklin Park Borough
April 18, from 7-8:30 p.m., Ross Township Community Center
April 21, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Construction Junction, Point Breeze
May 9, from 6:30-8 p.m., South Park Buffalo Inn
May 19, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Township
May 22, from 7-8:30 p.m., Mt. Lebanon Library
May 30, from 6:30-8 p.m., North Park Rose Barn
June 21, from 7-8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Cost: $70/person or $75/couple includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a FreeGarden EARTH compost bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for both urban and suburban settings.

Vermicomposting

Try indoor composting with red wiggler worms! Build a complete vermiculture system to take home at the end of the workshop. Worms produce a product (castings) that is considered an especially good soil amendment and nutrient source. Learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for worms that produce a natural, homemade fertilizer for your lawn and garden.

March 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Ross Township Community Center

Cost: $70/person or $75/couple includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a complete, ready-to-use vermiculture system.

Watershed awareness/rain barrels

Discover how to harvest rainwater from your roof, store it in a barrel and use it in the landscape. Learn about problems associated with stormwater runoff, ways to conserve water in your home, and techniques to reduce your contribution to watershed pollution.

March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m., Blueberry Hill Park, Franklin Park Borough
April 11, from 7-8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
April 14, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Township
April 16, from 7-8:30 p.m., Ross Community Center
April 17, from 7-8:30 p.m., Mt. Lebanon Library
April 26, from 6:30-8 p.m., South Park Buffalo Inn
April 30, from 6:30-8 p.m., North Park Rose Barn
June 14, from 7-8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Cost: $80/person or $85/couple includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon easy-to-install rain barrel.

More about composting

Our Doug Oster just wrote about composting with the help of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.