News & Updates
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]
Donate your nickel to the Solana Center
Mar 30 2009
Solana Center has been selected as a recipient of Jimbo's Naturally Grocery Stores' Wooden Nickel Program! How it works: Bring your reusable shopping bags to Jimbo's to shop. For as many bags of your own used, Jimbo's will give you the choice of a US nickel or a wooden nickel minted by Jimbo's. If you choose the wooden nickel, yo
Free Composting Workshop this Saturday
Mar 25 2009
[caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Visit the beatiful farm at San Pasqual Academy for a free composting workshop."][/caption] Saturday, March 28th 10 -12 noonhttp://www.sanpasqualacademy.org/integrated_campus_programs.ht
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Do I need to add worms to my compost bin?
Mar 24 2009
[caption id="attachment_1140" align="alignright" width="278" caption="Let thermophilic bacteria do all of the work!"][/caption] Worms are generally used in closed-system compost bins. Worm bins are used to house the worms, which will digest your materials and create castings.
Panasonic Introduces Home Compost Machine in Japan
Mar 19 2009
This April Panasonic will release the MS-N53 Compost Machine that advertises turning your organics into compost in just a couple of hours. The electric machine designed for homes uses a platinum-palladium catalyst to break down materials and features moisture and time settings.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Can Compost Make You Sick?
Mar 17 2009
There are tons of microscopic bacteria and organisms living in the pile that are breaking down organic material into good humus. Generally speaking, bacteria are pretty harmful to humans. The wrong ones can definitely hurt you, and if in some cases could even be pretty serious.
How to: Compost when you're on the run
Mar 13 2009
We all want to save our food scraps for our worms or compost pile but sometimes we get busy and we don't always get our scraps into the bin in a timely manner. Food scraps sitting in our collection bin often invite pesky fruit flies. But no worries... you don't have to run out to your worm bin or compost pile every time you have a banana...