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Gardens Thrive on Garbage

Make that onion peel grow more onions



    Gardens Thrive on Garbage
    Joe Rosato Jr.
    Composting is cool ... right.


    The old computer programming line about garbage in, garbage out turns 180 degrees when applied to gardening.
    Seems that gardens like garbage, at least the organic kind. You don’t want to through a Cheetos bag in there and expect to grow roses. They like Ruffles.
    Anyway, composting — hey, look at that; that’s a verb — and personal vegetable gardens have become part of the whole “green” movement afoot in North Texas, and the city of Dallas Sanitation Services department wants to help residents learn to reuse their biological discards so Sanitation Services doesn’t have as much nasty stuff to pick up.
    The department, and a master certified composter — they have those? — offer up free lessons in the practice, or maybe that’s art form, in a series of sessions called Recycle Naturally: From Garbage to Garden, It’s Compost Time, which has to win some sort of award for longest, most stilted city program name.
    The classes take place at various recreation centers in Dallas and attendance requires registration, so go here for the class schedule and locations and go here to sign up.
    The series is open to Dallas residents only, so you guys in other cities are kinda on your own. Participants do receive a free composting bin at the end of the class, so there’s that, and aren’t you folks in other towns just green with envy?
    I wonder if that counts in the conservation movement.
    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. The only thing green about his lifestyle is what he thinks might be meatloaf in that container at the back of the fridge, but he’s not opening that thing.