DECATUR, Ill. –  Have you been struggling with soil quality, plant diseases, or pests? Composting may be the answer you are looking for. Explore the expansive Crossing Healthcare Garden that is bursting with produce. See the different techniques implemented at the garden, including the composting system. After the tour, learn about how to compost and why it is beneficial.

Crossing and Composting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on July 12 at Crossing Healthcare Garden, 320 East Central Ave., Decatur, IL. This free event will include a tour of the Crossing Healthcare Garden led by Master Gardeners and an educational session on composting presented by Horticulture Educator Sarah Vogel.

Register by July 11 at go.illinois.edu/dmpevents. For more information, please contact Julia Duncan, Extension master gardener coordinator, at julia8@illinois.edu or call 217-877-6042.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Julia Duncan, Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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