Tips From The Expert: FREE Compost Workshop, Saturday, October 27, 2012, 10am-Noon at Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura

By Christine Wied

Autumn is a good time to start a compost bin to create rich organic material for next spring’s plantings. Fallen leaves and clippings from green plants are the ideal “browns (carbon) and greens (nitrogen)” necessary for balanced composting ingredients. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic material while reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill.  It provides your garden with valuable nutrients and can reduce water needs. You can use a fancy bin or just a pile. The City’s Environmental Sustainability Division is sponsoring a FREE Composting Workshop at Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003 on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The first part of the workshop will feature composting and vermiculture (worm) composting techniques. This workshop is informative for the novice composter to the more experienced. Later a representative from Green Thumb Nursery will be talking about fall planting ideas and other related topics.  There will be refreshments and prizes including a compost bin. Must be present to win!

City of Ventura residents may obtain a coupon for 50% off a compost or worm compost bin at Green Thumb Nursery.  Contact Environmental Sustainability at 652-4584 or go on our website to download a coupon. For those who do not live in the City of Ventura, the County is holding a compost bin and rain barrel sale the same day as the workshop, October 27, at the Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue in Ventura from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a great time to get a compost bin and rain barrel at a good price.

So “Get Your Green (and brown) On, Ventura” and come join us at the workshop!

Contact: Christine Wied, cwied@cityofventura.net

“Get Your Green On” Open Line article for 10-17-2012

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