News & Updates
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Is Horse Manure OK for Compost?
Nov 11 2008
Composting is all about recycling whatever you have available in to nutrient rich soil amendments. We already know that this includes yard trimmings and most kitchen scraps, but where do we draw the line on our horse's gift to gardening? Is horse manure safe to add to your compost pile?Use the comment link below to leave feedback on...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How Can I Get My Compost Pile to Heat Up Properly?
Nov 4 2008
Heating up your compost pile is beneficial for you and the organisms inside. Compost that peaks at temperatures between 130° and 150°F breaks down faster due to optimal activity. It also helps with getting rid of invasive pests and dangerous pathogens in your materials. However, some composters just can't seem to get their compost...
Con-posting: Inmates turn food scraps into compost
Nov 3 2008
Inmates at Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Littlerock, Washington have devoted their time and passion to composting or, as they like to call it, con-posting. They have other endeavors as well, all of them garden and nature related. They compost all of their food scraps with worm bins. [caption id="attachment_565" align="alignleft"...
Earthworms - saviors of the planet?
Oct 31 2008
A new development of robotic super suits will now allow us to have a whole army of Earthworm Jims who can defeat evil and save the world from the clutches of doom. If only this were true. We are not going to have super hero earthworms who can help us save the world. Or are we? Researchers and scientists from Purdue University have...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: What is the best bedding for my worm bin?
Oct 28 2008
[caption id="attachment_544" align="alignleft" width="285" caption="Photo from http://redwormcomposting.com"][/caption] There is much dispute over the best type of bedding for worms. Many people use paper while others prefer wood shavings, dried leaves, or even shredded straw.
The truth about compost, San Diego landfills and greenhouse gases
Oct 23 2008
Ever wonder about what happens to all those food scraps, lawn clippings and other organic materials that you don't compost at home and end up in the landfill? When a resident or business doesn't compost or put their organics in the "green waste" bin, the organics are buried in the landfill and create methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times...
Compost pile not quite as big as that snooty neighbor's?
Oct 22 2008
Take a peel out of this Carrboro, NC couple's bin and do what they did - throw a composting party! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="239" caption="Image courtesy of www.treehugger.com"][/caption] After moving to their new home, this couple found out that their compost pile wasn't going to cut it for the veggie garden they had...
Compost for restoration projects
Oct 20 2008
Compost is a great soil amendment for your garden, but did you know it can also be used for restoration projects? By using compost "blankets" and compost "socks" in restoration projects, restoration biologist and land managers are preventing erosion and creating great soil for planting at the same time! Tests by Iowa State University (...
Biodynamic Compost Pile Constructed at Solana Center
Oct 14 2008
On October 2nd, the Master Composter class gathered to build a biodynamic compost pile at the Solana Center. After almost 90 minutes of layering and watering, the class of 25 assembled approximately 4 tons of kitchen scraps, manure, and yard trimmings in to a 5x15x4 compost pile, all under the supervision of Mil Krecu. Mil is the head...