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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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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 view past newsletters.

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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 or mix it into the surface of houseplant containers that are too awkward to replant.

3. Rejuvenate containers. Apply vermicompost to containers to encourage new growth.

4. Topdress beds. Tuck handfuls under mulch or scatter a thin layer over the soil’s surface to help your vegetables grow all year.

5. Prepare planting holes. Mix a handful of vermicompost into the soil to stimulate rapid rooting.

Learn more about vermicomposting at the FREE Vermicomposting Workshop this Saturday at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. Click here for more information.

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Garden at Myrtle Creek NurseryThis weekend, please join the Solana Center Master Composters and staff for a Free Composting workshop at lovely Myrtle Creek Nursery in Fallbrook from 10am-12noon! Learn how to turn your yard trimmings and kitchen scraps into gardener’s gold! There will be both compost and worm bins for sale at subsidized prices and a raffle for participants of very fun composting supplies.

Myrtle Creek is a 25 acre nursery located on a turn-of-the-century farm in beautiful Fallbrook, California. Owned and operated by the Sherman family, Myrtle Creek has been growing trees, shrubs, herbs and perennials for over twenty-two years.

You can take a virtual tour of the nursery at: http://www.myrtlecreeknursery.com/

Pre-register for the workshop at: http://www.solanacenter.org/1register.html

This workshop is sponsored by the Unincorporated County of San Diego! Everyone is welcome!

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Lavender Day
June 21st, Saturday 9:00-5:00

Come celebrate the fragrance and beauty of lavender. Spend the day with a friend at the farm and shop in the barn for great lavender gifts like teapots and scented drawer liners. Lavender herbal soaps fill the soap shop with the scent of the south of France come and experience it. Fill your garden and containers with many types of lavender during our 1 day plant sale. You may picnic while listening to live music in our spacious coffee bar and grass areas. Be sure to wear lavender.
Live Music by Jim Earp

Compost Workshop by the Solana Center 1-3pm
For details or to register for the workshop, visit http://www.solanacenter.org
or call 760-436-7986 x216.
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