Nan Quinlan, URI Master Gardener
East Farm Garden Coordinator
The basic techniques and benefits of composting will presented by Nan Quinlan, Coordinator of the East Farm Veggie Garden Project. In this talk you will learn how to make your garden, yard and kitchen waste into a beneficial soil supplement for your garden. Making successful composite depends on the type plant material used, the location of the compost pile or bin, the amount of moisture applied and the frequency of turning. The benefits are well worth the amount of time and energy put into it. Composting helps the garden by reducing the amount of fertilizer needed, by promoting healthy bacterial and fungal growth in the soil and by retaining soil moisture. In addition, composting reduces carbon emissions by excluding organic material from landfills.
Nan’s interest in gardening stems from her family’s long tradition of farming. Early on, she helped her grandparents in the garden and sold vegetables to neighbors.
The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Association and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
If interested in attending, please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at 401-268-1594; or email her at: RWilcox@northkingstown.org., Ext. 402.
2018 Lecture Series
We are excited to announce our upcoming 2018 lectures! We have a great group of dynamic speakers who will speak on the following educational topics.
5/16/18 Outsmarting Invasives – Talya ten Brink, Research Associate, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
7/18/18 Edible Weeds – Brett Mayette, Owner, Conscious Cuisine
9/19/18 Rain Gardens – Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
11/14/18 Drip Irrigation – Rudi Hempe, URI Master Gardener