Composting For Beginners

4 Dallas classes for composting your way to a better backyard

4 Dallas classes for composting your way to a better backyard

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Microbe-rich compost acts like probiotics for your plants. Photo by Marshall Hinsley

As the weather cools down for fall (or so we hope), venturing outside to garden, plant, and water the yard doesn’t sound so dreadful. It's also the perfect time to try your hand at composting, which makes great use of all that organic matter and food waste you usually toss in the garbage.

Not sure where to begin? Try enrolling in one of these upcoming composting classes, and you'll learn all you need to know.

Apartment dwellers or those who make little food waste can learn how to vermicompost — compost with worms, that is — at the Texas Worm Ranch in Garland. Red wiggler worms munch food scraps and turn it into microbe-rich compost that acts like probiotics for your plants. During a two-hour class held about twice per month, an instructor teaches you all about your new wigglers and sends you home with all the supplies needed to get started. Register online for the $50 class.

A few times a year, Trinity Haymarket in the Design District hosts a free 90-minute seminar for beginners or anyone who has questions about backyard composting. An instructor teaches different methodologies, backyard basics, covers what supplies you’ll need (you can buy them all Trinity Haymarket after the class), and answers troubleshooting questions. The next class is November 12 at 10:30 am. Check online for details and additional classes.

Confused about the difference between grasscycling and leafcycling? Unsure if vermicomposting or trench composting works best for your gardening needs? The City of Plano hosts an All About Composting class on November 17, as well as a couple of other times throughout the year, for those looking to up their gardening game. Register online for the free program and keep an eye out for other waste, gardening, and composting classes throughout the year.

Master the fundamentals at the City of Irving’s Backyard Composting Basics class on October 18 from 10 am to noon. An instructor covers all the usual types of composting such as hot and cold composting, vermicomposting, and the uses for completed compost. This class is free and open to the public. Check online for additional composting classes, including a Compost Varieties class on November 15 and frequent Master Composting Training Courses.