Madison, NJ – – In the simplest case, composting is a mixture of dried leaves and food waste. According to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it creates natural fertilizers and reduces municipal solid waste by up to 22 percent. To help residents fight climate change in their backyards, the Chathams, Madison and Morris parishes’ environmental commissions are holding an online lecture with Cheri Wilczek, a Rutgers gardener, entitled “Simplified Composting: Black Gold For Your Garden” . The online lecture will take place on March 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved at https://compostingmastergardener.eventbrite.com.

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Wilczek calls compost “black gold” because it is one of the best soil improvers in a gardener’s toolbox. It is high in micronutrients and can easily be added to the trees, shrubs, plants, and vegetables in your garden.

In her talk, Wilczek will cover the basics of starting and building a compost bin. She explains what materials need to be added (vegetable and fruit scraps, tea bags, cardboard), what to avoid (meat, bones, dairy products), how to deal with wildlife and how to fix the process. Finally, she’ll discuss how to use compost as a soil conditioner in your garden.

The conversation is in preparation for an April composter sale led by Morris Township. All residents are encouraged to purchase Earth Machine backyard composters at wholesale prices. The earth machine is a passive composter that converts leftovers into nutrient-rich fertilizer in about six weeks. It costs $ 100 and is sold at the discounted price of $ 55. Rain barrels and accessories for earth machines such as an aerator will also be available.

If you have any questions about purchasing a composter, please write to [email protected] Information on the Rutgers Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau can be found at https://speakersbureau.rutgers.edu.