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Backyard Composting Program Scheduled Nov. 15 in Roswell

LAS CRUCES -- As homeowners clean up their yards for the winter, it may be tempting to take the yard wastes to the landfill. But with a little effort, leaves, grass clippings and other organic material can be turned into rich compost.


A free, two-hour program on backyard composting will be held Nov. 15 at the Parks and Recreation office, 1101 W. 4th, in Roswell. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Leaves are a major landfill problem in the fall," said George Dickerson, horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "These leaves take up a lot of landfill space when they could be recycled in the garden as a natural organic resource."

At the composting program, gardeners will learn how to compost leaves and other organic wastes using traditional bins and composting worms. Dickerson also will discuss dairy and municipal composts, and how to use compost in the garden as a soil conditioner, nutrient source and natural fungicide.

For more information about the program, contact James Duffey at the Chavez County Extension office at (505)622-3210.