By Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast


As we settle into another cold winter, what better time to enrich your mind and expand your knowledge? So pull out your calendar and get ready to get in the know while satisfying your green thumb until spring.
Gardening Classes
The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service has published its 2016 schedule for the Gardener’s Toolbox classes. As always, there is something for everyone. This month’s topics are all about ease. February 9th you can learn about easy houseplants and how to get the most out of them. There is a small fee for this class, but you will leave with a hearty plant for the home. Tuesday, February 16th plan ahead and learn about seeding your lawn, when the best time to do it is, and why what you may think is the best fertilization practices may not be the best approach. That class is free. Visit the UK Ag Co-op Extension website for more information visit and click the Gardener’s Toolbox link on the right-hand sidebar. 
The Arboretum on the UK campus will also offer a free class on lawn care February 23rd at 4p. Green lawn practices will focus on care that will make your lawn more sustainable and the envy of neighbors. Visit for more information.
Helping the Environment
For those who want to roll up their sleeves and get involved in an ongoing community project, Seedleaf’s Compost Carpool is worth looking into. The home composting service provides a new five pound bucket to you once a week so you can collect all those pre-cooked scraps for pickup. It’s an easy way for those who may not have the time or space to create their own home compositing setup but still want to do something great for the environment. “When we are taking that responsibility for our solid waste we are diverting material away from landfills,” says Ryan Koch of Seedleaf. An estimated 29% of our household waste is organic material that can be composted and reused to improve soil in Fayette county. Rolling out the Compost Carpool makes sense. “We want to make it easy for people. They may work with us and we can have a long term partnership or they may get motivated to go it alone,” Koch says.
Local businesses are also joining the carpool. Thirty different restaurants, kitchens, and a juicery are turning their food waste over for composting even in the cold season. With so many restaurants willing to donate, more volunteers are needed to drive around town and pick up the pails of waste. “We would love to coach people to take on one restaurant once a week,” Koch says. 
Nearly 51,000 gallons of compost were created in 2014 from efforts like this. If you want to learn more about turning food wastes into opportunity attend a free Seedleaf seminar February 13th from 9a-3p at the Sayre School. RSVP to [email protected]