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Composting workshop set for April 17 at fairgrounds

Often called gardeners' "black gold," compost has many valuable uses in the yard and garden, and it's easy to make.

Adding compost to your soil improves the structure and water holding capacity, provides nutrients, and can have disease and weed suppression effects, all resulting in healthier, more vigorous plants. Composting involves the decomposition of organic matter and is the ultimate way to recycle plant nutrients. All yards and gardens produce yard waste--leaves, grass clippings, dead plants--that can be turned into the perfect soil amendment. Wisconsin law prohibits disposing of yard waste into landfills and composting is a great option.

UW-Extension will present an in-depth workshop on how to make and use compost in your yard and garden. The workshop will cover different methods of composting, what materials you should and should not compost, and how to use the valuable compost in your yard and garden.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. Cost of the workshop is $5, and space is limited. Register by sending a check payable to UW-Extension, P.O. Box 69, 412 W. Kinne St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.

For more information, call (715) 273-6781.