Openline “Get Your Green On” Article for September 28, 2011

Compost Workshop

Some of us may still be harvesting crops from our garden but now is the time to plan for next spring’s plantings by starting or reinvigorating a compost bin. Fallen leaves and clippings from green plants are the ideal “browns” and “greens” necessary for balanced composting ingredients.  Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic material while reducing waste going to the landfill.  Compost provides valuable nutrients for plants and can reduce water needs. Healthy plants are more resistant to disease and pests so chemical pesticides can be avoided.

To promote composting, Environmental Sustainability is sponsoring a FREE Composting Workshop at Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Our own Paul Vaksvik (AKA Dr. Rot) will cover everything one needs to know about composting and vermi-composting with worms.  A Green Thumb representative will talk about fall planting and colorful vegetables.

So whether you have a large garden or just one in pots, join us for this fun workshop. It is open to the public with no reservations needed. There will be refreshments and prizes too!

City of Ventura residents may obtain a coupon for 50% off a compost or worm compost bin at Green Thumb. Contact Environmental Sustainability at 652-4584 or go to our website to download the coupon. “Get your Green (and brown) On, Ventura” and compost!

Contact:  Christine Wied,

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