Timely Gardening Books & Events

So if it’s April and I saw my first robin of the season, why am I still wearing my winter coat? Regardless of what the thermometer tell us, our average last frost date is fast approaching, prompting all green thumbs to begin their indoor seedlings. If you’re new to gardening or interested in ways to reduce your food budget, eat healthier, get outdoors, connect more with nature or all of the above, the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Earth Week will be offering two workshops especially for you:

  Container Gardening
Growing food in containers is possible for anyone who has access to a bit of sunshine. Members of Heartside Gardeners will help you create a container garden — great for those with small yard or in apartments! Participants will leave with a seeded bucket (while supplies last).

  Composting
Composting is a great way to recycle your own food and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil that can be used in gardens and landscaping. Of the several systems of composing, vermicomposting (using worms to process your food scraps into compost) will be demonstrated by the Blandford Nature Center staff. Unlike compost heaps or tumblers, vermicomposting is done indoors, thus enabling year round composting.

*Dates and times for Earth Week workshops.

*For books, see our Container Gardening & Composting Booklists.

2 Responses to “Timely Gardening Books & Events”

  1. April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Composting anything other than yard waste is currently illegal in Grand Rapids.
    http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/index.pl?page_id=54

    What are the regulations for composting?

    Composting in the City of Grand Rapids is limited to yard wastes. Composting of other organic wastes or materials such as food, garden produce or animal wastes is not permitted as it elevates the background rodent population. Composting of yard wastes must comply with the following requirements:

    1.Yard wastes must be contained in a composting barrel or composting bin.
    2.A composting barrel or bin may be made of solid wood or metal or may be constructed of stakes wrapped with mesh.
    3.A composting barrel or bin shall be constructed or maintained so as to prevent the contents from blowing about or falling to the ground outside the container.
    4.The composting barrel or bin must be located in a rear yard and be at least three feet from a dwelling or property line.

    Composted yard wastes are considered an item of value and are regulated by Section 8.577 of Chapter 140 of the City Code. Any other organic wastes are considered to be garbage and must be removed from a property at least every seven days as required by Section 9.107 of Chapter 151 and Section 2.7 of Chapter 25 of the City Code.

  2. April 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Composting anything other than yard waste is currently illegal in Grand Rapids.
    http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/index.pl?page_id=54

    What are the regulations for composting?

    Composting in the City of Grand Rapids is limited to yard wastes. Composting of other organic wastes or materials such as food, garden produce or animal wastes is not permitted as it elevates the background rodent population. Composting of yard wastes must comply with the following requirements:

    1.Yard wastes must be contained in a composting barrel or composting bin.
    2.A composting barrel or bin may be made of solid wood or metal or may be constructed of stakes wrapped with mesh.
    3.A composting barrel or bin shall be constructed or maintained so as to prevent the contents from blowing about or falling to the ground outside the container.
    4.The composting barrel or bin must be located in a rear yard and be at least three feet from a dwelling or property line.

    Composted yard wastes are considered an item of value and are regulated by Section 8.577 of Chapter 140 of the City Code. Any other organic wastes are considered to be garbage and must be removed from a property at least every seven days as required by Section 9.107 of Chapter 151 and Section 2.7 of Chapter 25 of the City Code.