News & Updates
How to: Compost Tea
Nov 20 2008
Want to do more with your compost? Brewing your compost to make compost tea and adding it to your garden offers a number of benefits. It is easy to make and can replace the use of chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. It increases the amount of nutrients available to plants and soil and helps to prevent foliar diseases...
“Rotline” Question of the Week: What should I keep out of my worm bin?
Nov 18 2008
[caption id="attachment_671" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo by Susan Wingate"][/caption] Worm composting is a quick and easy way to turn your kitchen scraps in to soil-friendly worm castings. Though your worms do love to chow down on your fruits and vegetables, they can’t digest everything that comes out of your kitchen....
Solana Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary!
Nov 13 2008
The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary on Friday, November 14th, 2008. We will be celebrating our history as San Diego's first curbside recycling program and growth into County-wide environmental education and outreach programs.
Chula Vista Greenwaste Diverted from Landfills
Nov 12 2008
In a step towards a more sustainable future, Chula Vista’s yard trimmings and green materials will no longer be sent to landfills for Alternate Daily Cover starting January of 2009. Instead, the waste will be used as soil amendments and mulch in San Diego County, cutting down landfill expansion by about 20,000 t
"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.