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The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is offering free composting workshops around San Diego County in February 2012.

Composting is an important component of environmentally sustainable communities because it diverts valuable organic matter from landfills and reduces the amount of waste that must be transported from neighborhoods to waste disposal and processing facilities. For residents, composting is also an excellent way to enrich soil in gardens, yards, and planters. Amending soil with compost can conserve water, reduce the need for fertilizer, and increase plant vigor and pest resistance.

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Water Conservation Garden: 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon

Saturday, February 25, 8:00 am-10:00 am, San Diego Zoo (Otto Center): 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Crestridge Ecological Reserve: 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon (Crest)

These workshops are sponsored by the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego.

To register or for more information click here!

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Grass clippings can definitely be added to your compost pile. Grass is a “green”, or nitrogen source. One caveat of adding grass to your pile, however, is that it has a high water content which can cause it to pack down and get slimy in your pile. This can be avoided by adding grass in thin layers and alternating with it dried leaves or mulch. If you discover a matt of clippings in your pile, just break it up with a shovel or garden fork and layer the pieces back into the pile.

Grass clippings are a great nitrogen source for your compost pile and can also be left right on your lawn as a natural fertilizer!

It is also quite beneficial to simply leave the clippings on your lawn as you mow. Grasscycling is a great way to provide your grass with natural fertilizer and saves work.

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Join us for A DAY WITHOUT A BAG today, December 17th!!!!! Give up using single use bags for 24 hours!!!!

We will be giving away reusable bags at the following locations:
Encinitas City Hall 10am-6pm
Encinitas Community and Senior Centers 10am-6pm
Encinitas Public Works 10am-6pm
El Torito Market 4-6pm
Henry’s Marketplace, 1327 Encinitas Blvd. 4-6pm
Ralphs 125 N. El Camino Real 4-6pm
Seaside Market 4-6pm
Smart and Final 479 Encinitas Blvd. 12-2pm
Stater Bros. 1048 N. El Camino Real 4-6pm
Trader Joes 115 N. El Camino Real 4-6pm
Vons 262 N. El Camino Real and 453 Santa Fe Drive 4-6pm
while supplies last (one per household)

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