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Recycling Yardwaste: Composting Unit 4

 

This unit introduces composting as a waste management tool. Composting is defined and the decomposition process is explained. Materials used in compost and environmental factors affecting composting are covered. Uses for Compost and Composting safety are also covered.

 

Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of composting: organisms, decomposition, materials, and environmental factors.

  • Learn how to make and maintain a compost pile.

  • Learn how compost is used in the home landscape.

Understanding Land Care Management

  • Composting defined

  • Composting biology: organisms and decomposition

  • Materials used in compost

  • Environmental factors Creating compost

  • How to construct a compost pile

  • Compost pile designs

  • Maintenance of the compost pile

  • Uses for compost and organic matter in the home landscape

  • Improving the soil

Unit Review

The Master Gardener Handbook

  • Chapter 2 Soils and Fertilizers 56-57

Reading Materials

Note that articles cited as:

"Staff. 2004. (Title of article). Master GardeneróLand Care Steward. Virginia Cooperative Extension. "

Are available in the Handbook. To obtain the Handbook please contact the State Master Gardener Coordinator

Composting

WasteFacts: Composting as a Waste Management Tool.

May, Jim and Evanylo, Greg. Do Compost Inoculants Work? Virginia Gardener Newsletter. March 1995.

Simpson, Thomas and May, Jim. Backyard Composting. The Feasibility of a Statewide Yardwaste Composting Program for Virginia . 1989. pp. 27-28.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 1996. Home Composter Handbook. The Decomposition Process. pp. 1-10.

Home Composting Education Program. 1995. Humboldt County Master Composter Training Manual. Carbon and Nitrogen. University of California Cooperative Extension.

Creating Compost

Dickson, Nancy and Richard, Thomas and Kozlowski, Robert. Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service Cooperative Extension publication NRAES-43. Composting to Reduce the Waste Stream. Methods of Composting and Composting Alternatives. pp. 10-15.

Eliminating Causes of Compost Odors. Alabama Cooperative Extension circular ANR-707

Composting and Plant Diseases. Alabama Cooperative Extension circular ANR-708.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Master Composter Handbook. Answers to Commonly Asked Composting Questions. pp. 46-49. 1996.

May, James. 1993. Yard Waste Compost Research Update.

Home Composting Education Program. 1995. Humboldt County Master Composter Training Manual. Composting With Worms . University of California Cooperative Extension.

Composting Structures

Compost Structures. San Francisco Recycling Program. 1145 Market St., Suite 401 , San Francisco , CA 94133 .

Health and Safety Precautions

Richard, Tom. 1992. Municipal Yard Waste Composting Operatorís Fact Sheet #9: Health and Safety Precautions. Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Using Compost

Dickson, Nancy and Richard, Thomas and Kozlowski, Robert. Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service Cooperative Extension publication NRAES-43. Composting to Reduce the Waste Stream. Using Compost. pp. 20-22.

Benton, Craig and Gage, Jeffrey and Stenn, Howard and Woestendiek, Carl. Master Composter Resource Manual. Community Composting Education Program. Seattle , Washington . Compost Uses. p. 33. 1990.

Mitchell, C.C. and Flynn, R.P. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service/ Auburn University circular ANR-701. Compost as a Fertilizer.

Mitchell, C.C. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service/ Auburn University circular ANR-702. Compost as a Soil Amendment.

Gilliam, C.H. Alabama Cooperative Extension Service/ Auburn University circular ANR-703. Compost as a Potting Soil.

Other Resources

Compost Essentials, Greg Evanylo, Professor Crop & Soil Environmental Science, Virginia Tech

Backyard Composting, Adapted by Emily Gianfortoni and Sherry Giese, Hanover County Advanced Master Gardener: Land Care Stewards.

Vermicomposting -Made Easy modified by Emily Gianfortoni, Hanover County Advanced Master Gardener: Land Care Steward

VERMICOMPOSTING Making a Worm Bin Emily Gianfortoni, Hanover County Advanced Master Gardener: Land Care Steward

Large Scale Compost Operations Richmond Area Emily Gianfortoni, Hanover County Advanced Master Gardener: Land Care Steward

Land Care Stewardship Programs that Work:

Backyard Composting - Sharon Giese, Hanover County Master Gardener.

Presentation

Handout - Getting started in composting

Handout - Three bin system

Large-Scale Composting - Emily Gianfortoni, Hanover Master Gardener

Presentation

Vermicomposting - Emily Gianfortoni and Sharon Giese, Hanover Master Gardeners

Presentation Extra Pictures of Vermicomposting

Handout - Script for Maymount

Handout - Program for Swansboro Third Grade

Handout - Maintaining your worm bin

Recycling and Plastic Pot Recycling,

Emily Gianfortoni and Sharon Giese, Hanover Master Gardeners

Presentation

Handout - Recycling Nursery Pots

 

MS Word Documents:

How to Make a Worm Bin updated 4-3-08.doc

LCS List of Tech Pubs.doc

Pros-Cons Three Bin System.doc

Pros-Cons Wire Cylinder Bin.doc

Pros-Cons Wood-Wire Cube Bin System.doc

References for Composting and Vermicomposting.doc

Vermicomposting Project in Schools Proposal.doc

Worm Reproduction Information.doc

Adobe Acrobat Documents:

Making and Using Compost MU Guide.pdf

 

 

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