The Minikahda Club finds an inexpensive way to add nutrients to its gardens

Recycling organic materials is a great way to move toward a zero waste system

Jeff Johnson, superintendent
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
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The Minikahda Club is an 18-hole golf course located in the heart of Minneapolis. Situated on 155 acres, the property is adjacent to the area in Minneapolis known as the Chain of Lakes. The Minikahda Club has been a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 1996.

The various types of organic material

Compost improves the soil structure, increasing moisture and nutrient holding capacity, promoting a healthier root system as well as adding beneficial microbes to the soil. Utilizing organic material to make compost is a very simple process. Recycling green materials benefits the environment, soil, and your club’s bottom line.

We’ve been making compost to apply to our gardens for the past 15 years, using material already at our clubhouse. Here's what we used:

  • Dry leaves
  • Coffee grounds
  • Straw from a Halloween party
  • Cornstalk decorations
  • Food scraps
  • Flowers

Let the mulching process begin

Once the golf season is completed, our gardener then begins the process of mulching organic waste material into finer mulch. Each fall we gather five to six large bags of leaves in our Toro Rak-O-Vac. We then gather various types of organic matter from around the clubhouse (see the list above). A Mighty Mac mulching system is used to process the various types of organic material. The finer mulch sits in a pile for an entire year as it undergoes a natural deterioration process. In the fall of the next year, the compost is then applied to garden beds. Flower beds that receive this nutrient rich compost soil require little to no additional nutrients throughout the season. Composting is not a difficult or costly process. Organic materials are all around the clubhouse, you just have to know where to look. Recycling organic materials is a great way to begin moving toward a zero waste system that helps to reduce costs and protect the environment.

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