News & Updates
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Why Does My Compost Pile Have Ants?
Dec 2 2008
Due to their large stock of delicious biodegradable organics, compost piles are a haven for hungry decomposer species. While we know that some insects, like the Green Fruit Beetle, frequent our piles and help with the turnover rate, how should we feel about the appearance of ants in our compost piles?
He's How Old?
Nov 25 2008
How often have we seen something and thought to ourselves, "Now why hasn't someone invented something to do that?" Well, little Ryan Nicholls didn't wonder why it hadn't been invented. He actually invented it. All at the ripe old age of 8. And no, that's not a typo. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="image...
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...