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Spring Composting Workshops Offered by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful

Springtime has everyone thinking “green,” especially when it comes to lawns and gardens. One of the best things you can do for your lawn or garden is to add compost. Compost is a humus-rich soil amendment made from decomposed natural materials. Compost improves soil structure, increases water retention in sandy soils, and stimulates healthy root development in plants. Because composting uses yard waste, kitchen scraps, and minimal equipment, it’s a great way to both reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, and enhance the fertility of your garden soil naturally.

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is partnering with three local garden centers to host composting workshops that are free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about what materials can be composted, different styles and methods of composting, and uses for finished compost.  Everyone will leave with the basic knowledge to get started composting in their own backyards!  Come at any time, there will be a 20-minute presentation starting every half hour, with time for questions after.

April 23 Shamrock Nursery in O’Neill from 1:00-6:00pm

April 25 Elyria Gardens in Elyria from 1:00-4:00pm

May 9 Katalari Farms near Loup City from 1:00-4:00pm

If you want to learn more, there will be an in-depth, hands-on Compost Workshop on May 7 from 4:30-5:30pm at the Broken Bow Public Library.  In this workshop, you will learn more about different methods including sheet mulching, different bin styles, monitoring methods, and carbon to nitrogen ratios.  Attendees will also receive a free booklet: “Home Composting Made Easy.”  Call 346-3393 or visit Keep Loup Basin Beautiful’s Facebook page for more information.            Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit, or like them on Facebook.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H St in Burwell, Nebraska.