On July 12, the Garden hosted a Green Thumb Workshop called What’s Going on Inside my Bin? Gardeners from all over the city attended this workshop, which was taught by Kathryn an Organics Recovery Coordinator at the NYC Compost Project Hosted by the  Lower East Side Ecology Center.

IMG_5172Kathryn of the NYC Compost Project/LESEC starts off the workshop.

We learned about the different organisms working away at breaking down stuff in a regular open compost pile by looking at the pile as it is currently cooking. We discussed browns and greens and how to get a good mix of both. Kathryn provided a list of uptown/Bronx landscape companies looking for places to drop off wood-chips, which she recommend as the best browns to use in a compost bin. Everyone is running out of browns at this time of year!


in the picture on the right, Ellen is standing (3-4 feet lower) in our much depleted browns/leaf pile, we hope these will last us through to when the 2017 leaves start to fall. 

We also discussed the garden’s outdoor worm bin, and briefly mentioned the Bokashi Food Fermentation method. The finished product really helps to heat up our garden’s compost. Here’s a blog post on Bokashi made into a handout we gave out at this workshop. We also discussed the best tools for building and maintaining a successful pile.

IMG_5189Kathryn, demonstrating how the Compost Crank works. This can be purchased [$35-$45] through the NYC Compost Project/LESEC and other NYC Compost Project locations

We posted earlier about how how many organics we keep out of the waste stream, and about our hot pile, so come by the garden and contribute your compostables to the cause! And this is not the first compost workshop taught in the garden, but it was definitely the most successful and best attended.

Thanks to Mara Gittleman, Outreach Coordinator for GreenThumb (who took the pictures above) and Kathryn Robling  of the NYC Compost Project/Lower East Side Ecology Center for making this happen. Looking forward to composting with you again soon!

P.S: Here’s a picture of the handout of who will drop off free woodchips in the Bronx (presumably uptown too).

Bronx woodchips