News & Updates
Missed the Composter Quarterly Newsletter?
Feb 25 2009
The Composter Quarterly Newsletter was delivered via email on February 24th, 2009. This edition featured articles about Composting with Cover Crops, Upcoming Workshops, Composting at Community Gardens, and more! Don't worry if you missed the newsletter, the Solana Center Composter Blog now features a newsletter archive! Click here to...
Free Manure Management/Composting Workshop Tonight!
Feb 24 2009
Stop by the California Thoroughbred Farm Managers Association meeting tonight and learn manure management and composting techniques! Ritchie's Diner Conference Room 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta Tuesday, February 24th Meeting runs 6 -8 p.m.
Comparative Gardening: Compost vs Topsoil
Feb 24 2009
On November 6th, one of Solana Center’s compost beds was split in to two equally sized plots (120x18x13) using a layer of non-permeable aluminum foil. One plot was filled with local topsoil and clay dirt (control), while the other was filled with freshly completed compost from the Solana Center. In the first 36x18x13 portion of each plot...
Free Vermicomposting Workshop this Saturday
Feb 18 2009
Learn how worms can help you save money, conserve water, and save the environment! [caption id="attachment_977" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Learn how to make your own vermicompost at this FREE workshop!"][/caption] Saturday, February 21st 10 a.m.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How should I use vermicompost?
Feb 17 2009
Vermicompost can be used as a fertilizer and pesticide in your garden. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah Martin suggests 5 uses for vermicompost: 1. Add to potting soil. Use a ratio of about 15-20% vermicompost to 80-85% potting soil. 2. Topdress houseplants. Apply a 1/4 in. deep layer over the surface...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: What are the pros and cons of tumblers, stackable bins, and compost heaps?
Feb 3 2009
Composting will become one of your favorite hobbies if you take the time to personalize the way you interact with your compost. With this in mind, different people will appreciate different methods of maintaining their compost piles. Many new composters have called in asking what sort of compost pile they should build for their needs.