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November 20, 2017

Composting and rain barrel workshop Saturday, Dec. 2

Photo/Franklin Garcia
Tom Baughn builds a bench for visitors Schoolhouse 18 near Marshall, where he will lead a composting workshop Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Northern Fauquier Community Park, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master A free “Composting and Water Conservation Basics” workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Marshall Schoolhouse 18 east of Marshall.

The Northern Fauquier Community Park, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District will present the workshop.

 “While it has been long known that composting yard and garden waste can provide nutrients to your garden, how composting works and thus maximizing its benefit requires an understanding of some basic science,” said Timothy Ohlwiler, the local extension agent for horticulture. “There are several factors that are important for beneficial composting, such as location, aeration, moisture, etc.

“It is also known that simply piling garden waste is not the best or easiest way to compost.”

The workshop also will cover “the many advantages to installing rain barrels that significantly reduce runoff into the watershed and provide a ready source of free water, Mr. Ohlwiler said. “Rain barrels provide a good source of water at a location on your property that does not have an outside water source.  Simple rain barrels are inexpensive, or for a few dollars more, decorative units with built-in fountains can grace the more public areas of your home’s landscape.

Master Gardener Tom Baughn and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District staff will lead the Dec. 2 workshop, which will last at least 60 minutes.

It is recommended to register and arrive early.  Parts of the program will be held outdoors, with some seats will be provided. But attendees may want to bring their own lawn chairs.

There is no cost for this program, but registration is encouraged. To register, visit and enter the code 5652 for the “Composting and Water Conservation Basics” program.
For information about Master Gardeners, visit:
Photo by Franklin Garcia. Tom Baughn builds a bench for visitors to enjoy at #18 Schoolhouse in Marshall. Tom will be talking about winter composting at a class on December 2nd at the schoolhouse.
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