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PA Resources Council will hold workshops in the first quarter of '16

 


 The Pennsylvania Resources Council has released its Winter 2016 schedule of workshops to take place in January, February and March at several locations in Allegheny County.

 To register for a PRC workshop, visit http://www.prc.org/programs or call 412-488-7490 x226.

Vermicomposting workshops are planned for:

Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10:30 a.m. – noon, Ross Township Community Center

Thursday, Feb. 18, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Thursday, March 17, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ann Jones Gerace Center (formerly CCI Center), South Side

Build a complete vermiculture system to take home at the end of the workshop. Worms produce a product (castings) that is considered an especially good soil amendment and nutrient source.  Learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for worms that produce a natural, homemade fertilizer for lawn and garden.

 Course fee includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a complete, ready-to-use vermiculture system. 

 Cost is $70 per person or $75 per couple and includes one compost box with worms. Pre-registration is required.

Backyard Composting Workshops will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Ross Township Community Center and Thursday, March 10, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park.

Participants will learn the benefits of backyard composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost. 

 Course fee includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a FreeGarden EARTH Compost Bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for both urban and suburban settings. 

 Cost is $70 per person or $75 per couple and includes one composting bin. Pre-registration is required.

A Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Ross Township Community Center.

Participants will discover how to harvest rainwater from their roof, store it in a barrel and use it in the landscape. Learn about problems associated with stormwater runoff, ways to conserve water in your home, and techniques to reduce personal contribution to watershed pollution.

 Course fee includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon easy-to-install rain barrel.

 Cost is $80 per person, $85 per couple, and includes one rain barrel.  Pre-registration is required.

 

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