Learn how to make com­post

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

US­ING waste ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate gar­den soil can be an in­ex­pen­sive way to set up a thriv­ing gar­den, says a waste ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer.

“We can make our soil us­ing grass clip­pings, prun­ings, and shred­ded pa­per,” Min­darie Re­gional Coun­cil (MRC) waste ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Peg Davies said.

“Worms will munch up our food scraps for free.”

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park sends its waste to the MRC and it will host a free work­shop on Sun­day at the Vic­to­ria Park Com­mu­nity Gar­den, teach­ing in­ter­ested peo­ple how to make com­post and use it in an eco-friendly wa­ter-sav­ing ‘wick­ing bed’.

Pre­par­ing to host the work­shops as part of the Waste Author­ity’s Com­post in May cam­paign, Ms Davies said com­post­ing could help keep ma­te­rial out of bins.

“A ‘wick­ing bed’ is where the

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d437057 gar­den is wa­tered from be­neath. It can be made from eas­ily ob­tain­able ma­te­ri­als such as old olive bar­rels, foam boxes, bath­tubs and gar­den pots.

“Then us­ing old pool cleaner hoses or vac­uum cleaner pipes and other bits and pieces, a work­ing ‘wick­ing bed’ is cre­ated,” she said.

“What you use de­pends on what is around.”

MRC also in­vites peo­ple to tour its com­post­ing fa­cil­ity in Neer­abup.

Pic­ture: Emma Good­win

Peg Davies will show you how to com­post.

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