Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful will conduct a worm-focused composting class for residents next week in an effort to increase backyard sustainability.
“There really seems to be interest in composting from residents, and that is why we want to offer the class,” said Silvia Rhoads, executive director of KCCB. “Composting is a part of recycling, and it is a part of sustainability so that is right along our focus areas.”
Classes focusing on different elements of residential composting or gardening have been offered for two years during the spring. Last year’s class had 23 participants.
“What we are hoping they get out of it is that they start composting at their house,” Rhoads said about this year’s topic. “Residents can learn how worms can aid in the composting process and also what the difference is between using worms and not.”
Bob Hill, the class instructor, said composting allows residents to create a natural fertilizer by breaking down materials around their house such as lawn clippings, newspapers, leaves and more. The process also reduces waste going into landfills, which helps save the city money.
“Compost can be made in as a little as a month, or if you let nature do its job, six months to a year,” Hill said. “It can be used as a dressing along the bottom of the plants or grass.”
By biodegrading materials with worms, or vermicomposting, the process moves faster than other methods and produces a better plant fertilizer.
“It provides the most nutrients,” Hill said. “Anything that was once alive is now worm food and we can compost by feeding them.”
Rhoads said another benefit of composting your own fertilizer is knowing what is in the product that you are possibly putting on your vegetables, flowers or native plant garden.
“There is not a lot of chemicals when you make your own fertilizer,” she said. “You know everything that is in it. It is a lot better for the grass and the plants especially if you are using the native plants.”
Hill said the two-hour course will have both a lecture and a hands-on. “The first 45 minutes we will spend inside. Then, the last portion we will spend outside building worm bins.”