News & Updates
Compost for restoration projects
Oct 20 2008
Compost is a great soil amendment for your garden, but did you know it can also be used for restoration projects? By using compost "blankets" and compost "socks" in restoration projects, restoration biologist and land managers are preventing erosion and creating great soil for planting at the same time! Tests by Iowa State University (...
Biodynamic Compost Pile Constructed at Solana Center
Oct 14 2008
On October 2nd, the Master Composter class gathered to build a biodynamic compost pile at the Solana Center. After almost 90 minutes of layering and watering, the class of 25 assembled approximately 4 tons of kitchen scraps, manure, and yard trimmings in to a 5x15x4 compost pile, all under the supervision of Mil Krecu. Mil is the head...
Master Composters at EcoFair with Ed Begley, Jr
Oct 13 2008
Tomorrow the Master Composter's will be hosting a booth at the EcoFair at La Jolla Country Day School! [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="238" caption="Ed Begley composts!"][/caption] Come and find out the difference one person can make! Tuesday, October 14 5 - 8:30 p.m. Torrey Walk, Pavilion, & Amphitheater with featured...
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Should I worry about insects in my worm bins?
Oct 8 2008
To submit a composting question to the “Rotline” please click the link on the right side of the page. This week's "Rotline" Question of the Week: Should I worry about insects in my worm bins? Worm composting, or "vermicomposting," employs worms to decompose biodegradable material quickly and effectively.
"Rotline" Question of the Week: Can I compost ice plant?
Sep 30 2008
The Solana Center Composter will now be featuring a "Rotline" Question of the Week! To submit a composting question to the "Rotline" please click the link on the right side of the page. This week's "Rotline" Question of the Week: Can I compost ice plant?
Kelp as a compost amendment
Sep 16 2008
Looking for an easy way to contribute micronutrients to your soil? Look no further than kelp! Kelp and other seaweeds that wash up as wrack on the beach can be a great soil/compost amendment adding both fluff and nutrients to your garden, but be sure and check your local regulations for collecting it off the beach.
Castes of thousands
Sep 8 2008
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="360" caption="Looking through a cylindrical mesh sieve, Dave Harrill pulls together worm castings that are ready to bag up for distribution Thursday at his Ramona home. "][/caption] I was recently forwarded an excellent article from a little over year ago about the worm farmers throughout the...
Vermicomposting in the Classroom!
Sep 3 2008
Start composting at your school! The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation offers Classroom Vermicomposting Presentations for schools in San Diego County. These presentations are fun and educational and include hands-on learning about: Recycling and composting Decomposition Worm Anatomy Ecosystems Life cycles of plants and animals...
Famous City Farmer!
Aug 20 2008
If you have called Solana Center's Rotline ((760) 436-7986 ex. 700) looking for worms or composting bins in the City of San Diego, we have probably suggested City Farmers Nursery in City Heights (4832 Home Avenue (@Euclid Ave)). Solana Center has had numerous composting workshops there and it's truly a fun place for gardeners or those...