Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wanna Call Yourself a Master Composter?

Be honest, are you considered a master of anything?
Well, you can learn everything you ever needed to know about composting (and brag to your friends with a cool new title) by attending the Civic Garden Center’s Master Composter training in June.

The four week Master Composter Series is the most intensive composting training available in Cincinnati. You will become a whiz-bang virtuoso on a wide array of topics including: where to locate a compost pile, how to build a compost bin that is best for you, how and when to turn your compost, the fascinating biology of a compost pile, and how to incorporate compost into your existing garden.

Whew, I feel smarter already.

You will also learn how to make a vermi-composting bin. Classes are Wednesdays June 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 9am to 3:30pm. Visit this site for more information and registration details:

Class size is limited, smarty pants, so register soon!




  1. Despite having half of a cement block on top, our purchased compost bin keeps getting knocked over; either by wind or raccoon. We're newbies at composting and haven't even turned the pile yet (we're not sure how) but my understanding is that we still need to be able to lift the bin off to turn the pile, is that correct? Any ideas on how to keep it in place? The bin is starting to become misshapen from falling down.

    1. If the culprit is a raccoon, make sure you are burying your food scraps to avoid any enticing smells.

      The most important thing is that you aerate the pile. Get a stick or an aerating tool and poke it around in the bin (down as far as you can). That will bring air into the bottom layers and speed up the composting. You don't need to completely remove the bin unless you are harvesting.

      Could you try bungee cords to tie the lid on instead of the block? It may be the weight of the block warping the bin. Also, make sure the ground underneath is as level as possible.

      Good luck, and feel free to call our hotline at 946-7766 for over the phone advice.

    2. If you have one of the bins from Hamilton Co with the lid on top and slide up door at the bottom (for harvest), it needs to be staked down (there are holes for the stakes). I have never moved mine in over 5 years. I use a shovel to turn it from the top and a long garden stake to poke holes to aerate.

  2. Great article.Thanks for sharing information.