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Have YOU been asked about composting leaves and organic waste?

Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 9:19 PM

This past week at the garden club meeting the question came up about the progress of researching a composting solution to the city's leaves and grass.

To our surprise a member said that they had heard a member of the recycling committee had stated that there was not enough interest in doing that.

Since I was not there, I can not say it is a fact but what about someone who was there? Was that said and if so, how was the interest level determined?

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I haven't been asked but I have always composted my leaves and grass clippings for my garden.

The benefits are many including a great free soil amendment. You can also use it as a protection for your trees and flowers during the cold months.

It is easy to do. Pile up the leaves in a corner wet them completely and cover with a tarp. Check once a week to make sure they are wet.Turn over every 2-3 months In 6 months to a year you have a terrific addition to your gardening "tools"

As far the recycling committee I would only say that composting reduces the bulk of the leaves by about 50 to 60% making disposal cheaper and easier

I know some counties that actually compost and give it away to gardeners. This takes care of the disposal expense

-- Posted by Pony_Mann on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 12:52 PM

I certainly wish our county would compost and give it away to gardeners. The clay soil in my yard would really benefit and the resulting beautiful yard would reflect well on our county. :)

-- Posted by jbillswms on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 8:20 PM

Composting just makes so much sense, all around.

I wish I had a flat piece of land in Shelbyville. I would let them dump all the leaves, grass and wood chips they want for free.

But, instead I hear that since few have spoken up to convince the City, they would rather spend money to take it to a landfill! Absurd folks.

They should not even need one person to speak up. It should be common sense.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 21, 2012, at 11:12 AM

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