By Joseph Pratt
The Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District is planning on two upcoming workshops for the local wildlife enthusiast to enjoy.
The first of two events will feature a workshop on maintaining backyard habitats. Discussions will be had on maintaining a healthier backyard for the homeowners and those that live in nature. The topics will range from bluebird housing to vacating vermin in a non-disruptive method.
“This program is perfect for people that enjoy nature watching in their backyard and want to learn more about making good choices for the environment,” Kate Sowards, conservation education coordinator at the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District, said.
Backyard habitats will be discussed on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.
A workshop on fall gardening will come just in time for locals to learn the best ways to help their soil for the next planting season. Some of the topics include composting and garden cover crops.
The portion on cover crops will also come with seeds for guests to take home and use in their own gardens. Sowards claimed that the process that she will be teaching is nothing new, but she is excited to put emphasis on old, reliable practices.
“The garden cover crop, also called green manure, isn’t a new concept but we have gotten out of the habit of using them to revitalize our soils.”
The workshop on fall gardening will be discussed on Thursday Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
“Outreach events like these workshops are key components of our education program. In order to get people to care about the world around them and conserving their natural resources we need to engage them,” Sowards said. “There is little more joyful than the simple pleasures of enjoying wildlife and gardening, and we can help you make a positive impact on your world.”
Both of these workshops will be held at the United States Department of Agriculture Service Center, which houses the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District, at 12167 Route 104, Lucasville, Ohio.
Sowards asks interested parties to call ahead and pre-register to reserve free informational packets, seeds, snacks, and so on. More information on the events can also be had by calling, 740-259-9231, ext. 4, or by visiting www.sciotoswcd.com. The group is also active on Facebook.
Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-464-4501, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.