Composting 101: taught at library on Saturday
Tue, 2015-09-29 05:00 News Staff
By KATHLEEN STARLING
Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful (KCCB) held its Fall Composting 101 class Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Copperas Cove Public Library. With Silvia Rhoads, the executive director of KCCB, volunteer instructor Bob Hill, also known as “Farmer Bob,” provided a comprehensive explanation of the benefits of composting, a thorough step-by-step guide to starting a compost bin or pile from scratch and troubleshooting underperforming or “dead” compost piles. Composting is gaining popularity because of its ecological and economical benefits. Composting releases nutrients into the soil, reduces disposal fees, diverts waste from the landfill, is less stressful for plant roots as it loosens the soil and promotes wider root spread, and saves water by acting as mulch. Reduction of disposal fees is an economical benefit of composting most appreciated by the city or community as a whole.