Tips From the Expert: FREE Composting Workshop on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.

By Christine Wied

It is spring and a good time to work in the garden and start planting vegetables for the summer harvest.  It is also a good time to get a compost bin started or an existing one re-invigorated to provide nutrients for that garden. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste such as food and yard trimmings into a natural soil amendment. It is also a good way to reduce waste going to the landfill. Compost provides valuable natural nutrients for the soil to help plants grow.  It can reduce water needs. Healthy plants are more resistant to disease and pests so chemical pesticides and herbicides can be avoided.

To promote composting, the Environmental Sustainability Division is sponsoring a FREE Composting Workshop on Saturday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m. at Cornucopia Community Gardens on Telephone Road (between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue). Parking is limited so consider riding a bike or carpooling with a friend. Paul Vaksvik, known as Dr. Rot to third grade students locally, will cover everything one needs to know about composting and vermi-composting with worms. There will also be a presentation about using rain barrels to collect water for your garden.

So whether you have a large yard and garden or just a few plants in pots, please join us for this fun workshop. This event is open to the public with no reservations needed. One lucky attendee will win a free compost bin.

City of Ventura residents may obtain a coupon for a discount on a compost or worm compost bin at Green Thumb Nursery. Coupons will be available at the workshop and on the city website. For further information on the coupons or the workshop, please contact Christine Wied at 652-4584 or cwied@ci.ventura.ca.us. Turn over an old leaf, compost!

Contact: Christine Wied, cwied@cityofventura.net

Open Line Article for 4-11-2012

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