Compost tutorials, plant sale on the horizon in Western Pennsylvania

Posted on: April 27, 2018 | Written By: Friends of EG | Comments

The Pennsylvania Resources Council has a number of workshops in Allegheny County including one focused on backyard composting and another on composting and wildlife safe gardening.

Details: Call 412-488-7490, Ext. 226 or visit

The Backyard Composting workshop describes the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use compost.

• South Park Buffalo Inn — 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 9

• Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Township — 10:30 a.m. to noon May 19

• Mt. Lebanon Library — 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 22

• North Park Rose Barn — 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 30

The course fee is $70 per person and includes a FreeGarden Earth compost bin.

The Composting and Wildlife Safe Gardening workshop is being held in conjunction with Humane Animal Rescue. Discussion will focus on the best way to build a garden to keep animals out. They’ll also talk about native plants to attract pollinators, meet a wild animal guest and discuss the benefits of sharing your backyard with native wildlife.

• Humane Animal Rescue, 6926 Hamilton Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15208 — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 17

The course fee is $140 per person and includes a FreeGarden Earth compost bin.

Plant sale 1

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will host their Garden & Landscape Symposium and Marketplace on April 28. The featured speakers are Miriam Goldberger of Wildflower Farm in Ontario, Canada, and Dr. Peter Del Tredici, the author of “Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide.”

The marketplace, which features about 20 vendors of plants and unique garden-related products, is free and open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s taking place at at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel.

Plant sale 2

The Westmoreland chapter of the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12.

There will be annuals, perennials, herbs, ornamental grasses, vegetables and more. Soil test kits and a help clinic will also be available.

Proceeds benefit the expansion of the demonstration garden at the Donohoe Center in Greensburg. The sale takes place at 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Details: 724-837-1402.

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