Composting and Native Gardens at Quiet Waters Park
With the cooperation of the staff of Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, the Composting and Native Gardens project began over ten years ago. Twice a month, from late April to early November, Master Gardeners teach the public how to successfully compost their yard waste and kitchen scraps. Composting reduces what goes to the county landfill, and composters find that using homemade compost in gardens and landscapes improves their soil and reduces the need for chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
Master Gardeners maintain the Composting and Native Gardens site and give hour-long compost demonstrations twice a month (one Wednesday at 11 a.m. and one Saturday at 10 a.m.). The talks are given by those on the team that are Master Composters. Attendees receive a free compost bin, provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recycling and information (goodie) bag filled with printed materials explaining various ways of composting. The team also presents compost talks to elementary students, either at their schools or at Quiet Waters Park.
Visitors are welcome to walk through our site, located on the Wildwood Trail in Quiet Waters Park even when we are not present. At the native plant beds, they can help themselves to a list of the plantings, stored in one of our literature boxes. At the adjacent compost site, there are literature boxes with our compost demonstration schedules and pamphlets describing the compost site and information about each of the 15 compost bins on display.