TRAVERSE CITY — Gardeners seeking to improve their garden soil or increase their garden’s yield can learn about using compost and BioChar in the garden at the next meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. To preregister go to MGANM.org. All those who pre-register will receive a link to the meeting via email.
Experts Dr. Nathan “Nate” Walton and Tim Overdier will co-present information about the many uses of compost and BioChar during the online meeting. Their presentation will be filled with tips to help gardeners achieve their garden goals. Both experts are passionate about gardening.
Walton is the consumer horticulture program instructor for MSU Extension in Leelanau County and the Master Gardener coordinator for Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse counties. He enjoys teaching adults and youth of all ages on subjects such as environmental stewardship and integrated pest management.
Overdier is a retired soil scientist and a producer and promoter of BioChar in Northport. Grand Traverse Conservation District Executive Director Koffi Kpachavi called him the “The Godfather of BioChar” in the region. There are many uses and benefits of BioChar, compost and natural carbon resources.
“In 2015, I began searching the web for information and found a few people who were interested in char. I began burning it on my land and applying it to my garden and trees and have been doing it ever since,” Overdier said.
The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan furthers the horticulture education activities of MSU Extension through a monthly meeting that focuses on gardening education. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month and are open to the public. Certified master gardeners can meet some attendance requirements towards their education hours. Visit mganm.org. for more information.
MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities, and businesses. To learn more visit msue.anr.edu/county/info/Leelanau.