King of compost delivers delicious rot

Dr Compost — aka Ben Elms from Hawea — knows everything there is to know about rotting food.

The ever-popular and hugely knowledgeable Dr Compost —  aka Ben Elms from Hawea — is hosting two free gardening workshops at the St John's Rooms in Wanaka, starting next week.

Up first for those who are thinking about starting their own veggie garden is Grow Your Own Veggies on Wednesday, November 6.

Dr Compost will run through everything you need to get a veggie garden started and to maximise your harvest. From building a raised bed to using mulch to conserve moisture in the soil, Ben's top tips come from over two decades of vegetable gardening in our harsh climate. Find out which vegetables grow best in the Queenstown Lakes district, and when to plant them for the best yields. You'll leave inspired to get growing, and with all the knowledge you need to turn your backyard into a productive local food hub.

The second workshop looks at three easy methods: cold (or traditional backyard) composting, Bokashi bins and worm farms.

Easy Ways To Compost (November 13) is great for those starting out or wanting to make their composting system work better. Get all the know-how to turn your food and garden waste into nutrients to feed your plants and soil.

Spaces are limited and these workshops are very popular so register for an online ticket at or through the Dr Compost Facebook page.  

The Dr Compost home-composting project is funded by Queenstown Lakes District Council and delivered by Wastebusters.


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