ALTON —Senior Services Plus’ Garden Club is seeking donations from residents or business owners for items that could be used as soil additives or soil conditioner for the upcoming planting season.
Needed items include home and garden plant wastes that still have moisture content, fruit and vegetable peels, feathers, blood meal, fresh grass clippings, rotted cattle and chicken manures, fish emulsion, tea leaves and coffee grinds, sawdust, leaves, twigs, old garden plants, paper, pine cones, nut shells, wood chips, and cardboard.
Avoid placing harmful materials such as dairy products, meat scraps and meat drippings that may attract animals that will tear up the compost pile. These materials may also attract insect pests that will harm gardens in which the compost is eventually used. Additionally, you should not add plants and plant debris treated with herbicides to the compost pile.
Senior Services Plus is a nonprofit agency at 2603 N. Rodgers in Alton. For information, call Senior Services Plus’ Garden Club Coordinator Kim Campbell at 618-465-3298 ext. 146. Anyone interested to volunteer for the club is also encouraged to call for information.