News & Updates
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Is my compost ready for my garden?
Jan 27 2009
With spring planting time approaching we have been receiving a lot questions about when compost is ready for the garden. It is very important to ensure your compost is mature before adding it to you garden to avoid "burning" your plants, etc. Master Composter Juliet Salbato offered some great tips for determining the maturity of your...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How can I harvest castings from my worm bin?
Jan 20 2009
There are a number of ways to harvest castings from your worm bin from adding another tier to dumping the contents on plastic in the sun. Some of our Master Composters even recommend adding some melon that the worms will migrate to. Depending on the type of bin you have, you may find some methods are more effective than others. What do...
Tetanus Shots for Composting?
Jan 16 2009
Tetanus is a disease of the central nervous system caused by bacteria that are present in soil and manure. Because this bacteria is so widespread, even a small open cut can put you at risk of contracting the disease. Vaccination provides protection against tetanus.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: How can I improve the quality of my compost?
Jan 13 2009
Does your compost pile smell, even though you know it shouldn't? Is your compost not turning quickly in spite of your close watch and care? A simple yet frequent cause of both problems is that the carbon to nitrogen ratio (C:N) in your compost is not ideal, which can hinder proper digestion and promote uwnanted microorganisms.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Am I an "active" or "passive" composter?
Jan 5 2009
When you take your first venture in to composting, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you plan on taking care of your compost bin. An integral part of this question is how much time you want to put in to your pile and how quickly you want to turn your organics in to garden friendly compost.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Should I worry about mold in my worm bin?
Dec 22 2008
With all of the rainy days in San Diego recently we have received many questions about what to do about mold. Mold is part of the decomposition cycle and thrives in your worm bin when there is a lot moisture. Our Master Composters suggest adding some dry oatmeal, cornmeal, or even bread crumbs to help dry out the bin. You may also try...
Save Time and Effort with Ground Augers
Dec 22 2008
Looking for an easy way to turn your compost pile? Try using a ground auger system. Auger systems use sharpened, rotating augers that can dig, till, and aerate your soil and compost piles. Since these augers are made to fit in to your 3/8" or 1/2" electric drills, you can do all of your taxing chores with the push of a button.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: What Can I Compost from My Fridge or Freezer?
Dec 16 2008
Need to make space in your refrigerator or freezer for your holiday leftovers? There's no better way to get rid of old food than by composting it into soil-friendly humus. However, any responsible composter must know what is compost-appropriate and what is better off in the trash.