by Jessica Brandt, Somervell County Master Gardener
Saturday, April 23 concluded the Somervell County Master Gardeners’ week-long celebration of Earth, as we joined several other organizations at Heritage Park for the Native Plant Society’s Earth Day Celebration. Members of Prairie Rose Native Plant Society, Rio Brazos Master Naturalists, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose Garden Club, Glen Rose Bird Club and Dino Bee Club all joined in the celebration, sharing information with the many visitors to the park that day.
While we Master Gardeners celebrated Earth Week in many ways, including bike rides, recycling and turning off the lights, there is one thing that from this past month that stands out as a gardener’s ideal way to celebrate the earth: composting.
When I think of Earth Day, I immediately think “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and when you think about it, composting really achieves that goal. When composting, you can reduce the number of items that end up in the garbage, but you can also create a great soil amendment that can now be reused in the garden. I can’t think of a better way to recycle.
It just so happens that our April horticultural education program was on composting, so we’re all excited about our own composting. If you didn’t make it to the CHES program, you can always contact a Master Gardener with any questions about how to get started on your own composting system.
Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate a fun and successful Earth Week.