Rainwater is Great in your Compost Pile!

You might hear our educators telling you to take the lid off your compost bin when rain is in the forecast. Why is that so important? First, the rainwater is free hydration for your bin. Compost bins are frequently dry in our Southern California climate. Also, rainwater is basically pure…there are no chemicals or salts,…

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Can Weeds be Composted?

 April showers bring May flowers but March showers just seem to bring WEEDS! We’ve being getting lots of questions about putting those weeds into a compost pile. There is not a simple yes or no answer to this query. Weeds have many nutrients so they are a great addition to the compost pile, but you…

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From the Rotline: How Do I Add Compost to Container Plants?

 Container gardening is an incredible solution to a variety of growing woes, especially when it comes to the creative and economical use of space. Gardeners lacking backyards or yards with full sun exposure, gardeners working with truly difficult soil, and new gardeners looking to gain confidence in the craft are common beneficiaries of the practice.…

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Worm Compost Tea & Leachate

You may not be aware but there are numerous benefits of using worm tea in your soil. If you are a gardening enthusiast, you can use worm tea to replenish the soil with nutrients and protect plants from many plant diseases. Worm tea has the same benefits as worm castings, but in liquid form. Castings…

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Critters in Your Compost! (ID Guide)

Compost is ALIVE! Curious about what’s living in your compost? The physical and chemical conditions in a compost heap seem logical if you think about what compost really is–a big pile of food for billions of minute organisms. These microorganisms have certain chemical requirements, primarily: carbon for energy, nitrogen to build proteins, and oxygen for…

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