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Cooking up great soil

Great Bend’s compost facility can be seen just north of the Arkansas River walking path on the south end of the city. Each year, the city keeps 9,000 yards of yard waste out of the county landfill and provides 3,000 yards of finished compost to taxpayers, free for the taking.

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Gardeners may finally catch a break after unexpectedly cool weather last week.  It’s finally time to start digging and planting, and that means its the perfect time to think about soil health.  For gardeners in Great Bend, the city provides plenty of rich dark compost free for the taking.  

Mike Crawford, the city’s street supervisor, also manages operations at the compost facility located at 97 SW 5th Ave.  There, city residents are encouraged to drop off their grass, leaves, brush and tree limbs any time of day or night, seven days a week.  They may also load up ...

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