Free compost in honor of Earth Day
Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 8:00 am until noon (or until gone). Free compost at the Farmers Market parking lot on the corner of Union St, and Grandview Parkway. Bring a shovel and containers. Courtesy of Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City.
If you miss out on the compost or need more, it can be purchased from the Traverse City Department of Public Services. Arrangements will have to be made with an excavating company to pick up and deliver the compost as only dump trucks are allowed on the site. The compost is sold by the yard, 10 yard minimum. Get a group of fellow gardeners or neighbors together to split the cost of the load.
Compost is the best soil conditioner available. It improves all soil types from sand to clay and is chock full of the good bacteria and nutrients to support healthy plant life. A compost pile is the perfect way to recycle kitchen scraps and lawn clippings into a nutrient rich soil conditioner. It does take time for nature to do its work, although the process can be sped up with proper pile construction and turning. More on this in a future article.