Time to wake up your composter

Spring is here and it means more than just planting time

Spring is here and it means more than just planting time.

The Comox Strathcona waste management service (CSWM) invites residents to the Campbell River compost education centre (228 South Dogwood Street) on Saturday, April 27 from 10 -11 a.m. for a workshop that strategizes ways to activate your backyard composter after the cooler winter season.

Spring represents the start of the gardening season and for many residents this means starting to prepare by selecting their plants, flowers, fruits and vegetable seeds.

What is equally important to this process is what they will grow in.  Fresh compost is a nutrient-rich food for your garden and will help improve the soil structure and maintain moisture levels.

Compost can be used in more applications than just your average garden; it can be applied on flowerbeds, around trees, to replenish potted plants and containers, and it can be used to feed your lawn.

“As a compost educator, we get an increased volume of calls or visits by people who have questions about the condition of their compost in the spring,” said Elaine Jansen, CSWM compost educator. “This workshop will provide an opportunity for residents to get a hands-on demonstration on preparing their compost and get tips they can follow to ensure the successful application in their garden.”

The workshop will be held outdoors – rain or shine. Jansen is ready to answer all your questions and get you energized and enthused about creating a beautiful outdoor oasis with the help of compost.

For more information on programs and events at the compost education centres, visit www.cswm.ca/composting.

The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District.

The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.