Conservation District holds backyard composting sale

Apr 06, 2018
Bins and other supplies for backyard composting are available through the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District.

Rockport — Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Maine Resource and Recovery Association, is again offering local residents the opportunity to improve soil and conserve water right in their own backyards. It’s easy with the tried-and-true 80-gallon Earth Machine backyard composter and the 55-gallon sYstern rain barrel. Both are made of recycled materials, designed to fit into any landscape, and are offered at wholesale prices. The Earth Machine composter has an “in at the top/out at the bottom” design and a 10-year warranty. The sYstern rain barrel fits under a downspout to take advantage of roof run-off for garden watering and has built-in mosquito mesh and overflow capability.

This year the district is also offering trap wire bins made by Brooks Trap Mill in Thomaston in two sizes – 4-foot (one cubic yard capacity), and for the shorter folks, 3-foot (three-quarters of a cubic yard). These large bins, made of coated lobster trap wire, are suitable for yard debris and have the seal of approval from some of Maine’s top composting experts.

Also available are accessories including a two-gallon Sure Close kitchen scrap pail with vented, locking lid that keeps odors in and flies out; Wingdigger compost aerator and turner to mix compost layers and decrease compaction without straining your back; and the REOtemp compost thermometer with a 20-inch stem to monitor interior temperatures. Prices for all items are below suggested retail.

Backyard composting items will be on display at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD office, 893 West St., and at the Spring Plant Sale at Union Fairgrounds Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Order online or download an order form at knox-lincoln.org/backyard-sale and send with check by May 4, or place your order at the plant sale. Pickup for composting items will be in early June at the district office.

For more information or to request an order form by mail, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or info@knox-lincoln.org.

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