Composting Workshop at the RBG

Composting Workshop at the RBG in September 2011


The Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan recently invited Eng. Mohammed Ayesh of the Jordanian Society for Organic Farming to give a workshop on composting for RBG staff members.

As a promoter of sustainable living, the RBG believes in reducing carbon footprints using the 4-R approach, namely Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and Respect!

At the Garden, we use organic material for our horticulture activities and are spreading awareness about the importance of converting waste for eco-friendly purposes.

Ali al Damen prepares a compost pile

The one-day workshop provided a comprehensive look at the state of the composting art.

The participants discussed the importance and benefits of compost, and did a lot of hands-on work.

The topics covered were: the various composting methods; how to best produce and use compost to improve soil and provide nutrients to plants; organic solid waste in Jordan; organic waste recycling; tea compost; the nutritional value of compost; composting for organic farming; composting on a large scale; composting on a small scale for home gardens; plant extracts, green manure, other types of natural fertilizers; and the marketability of compost.

Compost pile

During composting, microorganisms eat organic waste and break it down into its simplest parts to produce rich humus that regenerates the earth and supplies plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Natural compost is a soil conditioner, mulch and fertilizer all wrapped into one.

The RBG plans to hold composting workshops for the public after the Garden opens next year.

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