Leftover food scraps? Don't toss them, compost them! Composting is beneficial for the environment as well as for you! Nutrient-rich soil can promote healthier plant growth and suppress plant disease. Join State Master Naturalist and Climate Change Specialist Duane Friend as he shares different methods of composting and how to utilize it on our homestead during a free program on March 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Program highlights include:
- The composting process
- Carbon/Nitrogen ratio
- What can be used and should not be used in home compost
- Methods of composting (bins, barrels, piles, etc.)
- Managing the process (air, water, temperature)
- Simple testing methods for compost use as a soil amendment
Register by calling (618) 687-1727 or visit go.illinois.edu/HomesteadingComposting.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Maggie Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.
Explore the Modern Homesteading Series
Whether you live in the third story of an apartment or on a 10-acre plot of land, learning homesteading skills can help bring you and your family closer to the food you eat. Collecting eggs, tending the garden, canning, drying herbs - all these things and so much more can help you in your everyday life to become more connected to your food, family, and community. Join Illinois Extension each month as we host a series of free modern homesteading programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Extension office at 402 Ava Rd. in Murphysboro, IL, 62966. For a full list of topics and to register for upcoming programs, please visit go.illinois.edu/ModernHomesteading
- Organic Gardening; Weeds, Pests, and Disease Problems - April 6
- Growing Pumpkins - April 20
- Seed Saving - May 9
- Live Animal Demo-Body Conditioning - May 11
- Tools for the Homestead - June 6
- Growing Flowers and Herbs - June 15
- Weathering the Storm - June 22
- Canning - July 11
- Common Noxious Weed Identification - August 1
- Harvest Dinner - September 21
- Bee Keeping- Leedle Bees - October 24