News & Updates
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Do I need to sift my compost?
Apr 28 2009
[caption id="attachment_1207" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="photo from awaytogarden.com"][/caption] Sifting or screening compost helps remove sticks and other materials that have not broken down. These materials are often rich in carbon which can drain the nitrogen from your plants if added directly.
Earth Fair Diversion Rates
Apr 27 2009
On April 19th, 2009 the largest free annual environmental fair in the world was held in Balboa Park in San Diego. "R" Stations were set up around the park to demonstrate the 7 R's: recycle, reduce, reuse, rot, repair, redesign, and regulate. Recycling, composting, trash bins were placed throughout the park and were staffed by volunteers...
"Rotline"Question of the Week: How can I keep pests out of my compost bin?
Apr 15 2009
There are many simple ways to ensure that pests do not enter your compost bin. One of the most important things you can do is always make sure to bury your food in the center of the pile. Materials will break down much faster in the core of the pile.
Gardening with Class
Apr 13 2009
The TENTH Annual San Diego Regional School Garden and Nutrition Conference, “Gardening with Class”, will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The conference is geared toward teachers and administrators who have or would like to start a school garden program.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
Apr 7 2009
There are some things that are biodegradable that are not recommended for your compost bin or worm bin. This includes meat, dairy, greasy foods, pet/human waste, and sweets. Biodegradable materials will break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass within a reasonable amount of time in the natural environment. Some biodegradable...
San Diego Science Festival this Saturday in Balboa Park
Apr 2 2009
Don't miss the San Diego Science Festival this Saturday! Learn how to compost with worms and build your own worm bin with Solana Center! In addition to composting, there will be over 500 hands-on science activities! Saturday, April 4th 10:30 - 6 p.m. Balboa Park (booth will be located near the Botanical Building)
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Why do my worm castings look different than commercial castings?
Mar 31 2009
Problem: My castings are very wet and when left to dry out they solidify into cement hard pellets. Why aren't my castings dry and fluffy like commercial castings? [caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Commercial vermicomposting facility"][/caption]