Ed BruskeAn award-winning journalist for The Wasington Post in a previous life, Ed Bruske is a Master Gardener and president of D.C. Urban Gardeners, a group dedicated to the greening of the District of Columbia through public education and hands-on volunteer efforts. An accomplished public speaker, Ed focuses his lecture activities on composting and soil ecology. He practices daily organic recycling through composting and vermicomposting at his home about a mile from the White House, where he and his wife are transforming their corner lot into an edible landscape. Ed is a personal chef, caterer and chef-in-residence at The Washington Youth Garden, located at the U.S. National Arboretum in the District of Columbia. He also writes about composting and cooking from the garden on his blog, The Slow Cook, www.theslowcook.blogspot.com.
Hi, my name is Ed Bruske. I am president of the D.C. Urban Gardeners and I am here to talk to you today about composting. I am also a certified Master Gardener. I lecture about composting and what you see behind me is my personal garden here in the District of Columbia about a mile from The White House. All of this vegetable gardening that you see here has been done with composting. No artificial fertilizers, no pesticides, just a good, old recycled compost. That's what I want to talk to you about today is how you can turn grass-clippings, leaves that you sweep up in the fall, kitchen scraps, apple cores, banana peels, turn all that good stuff into rich compost that you can amend your soil with and turn your soil into something really healthy for vegetables in your garden.
Some people have some concerns about compost. You may see that the garden store in bags, but making it at home isn't that problematic. What about a attracting pest or odors, what will the neighbors think? Well, I am going to show you today, how you can do that without attracting pests, without making smells. In fact, compost should smell really great, not like garbage and all you need are a few simple tools, perhaps a shovel, maybe a pitchfork or a fork spade, some simple materials from the hardware store and I will give you some other options as well for composting. So, if you are ready, why don't we get started composting. Turning recycled garbage into what gardeners call, Gardener's Gold.