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Upcoming Events
Events on February 12, 2015
JPA Board
Starts: 10:00 AM
Ends: February 12, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Location: Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility, 17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville
Events on February 21, 2015
Barstow MC Meeting
Starts: 11:30 AM
Ends: February 21, 2015 - 2:30 PM
Location: Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA, United States
Description: The Barstow Master Composters meet the third Saturday of the month at the Desert Discovery Center (831 Barstow Rd-Barstow) to discuss Master Composter business and share gardening and conservation information. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Don Woo at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com.
Events on February 28, 2015
Needles Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: February 28, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Needles Recreation Center, 1705 J Street, Needles, CA 92363, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on March 14, 2015
Apple Valley and Victorville Plant Sale
Starts: 8:00 AM
Ends: March 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Location: Apple Valley and Victorville Home Depot Stores
Description: The Apple Valley and Victorville Home Depot Stores will be having a California Friendly Plant Sale. The Master Composters will be staffing a table at the events.
Events on March 21, 2015
Barstow MC Meeting
Starts: 11:30 AM
Ends: March 21, 2015 - 2:30 PM
Location: Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd, Barstow, CA, United States
Description: The Barstow Master Composters meet the third Saturday of the month at the Desert Discovery Center (831 Barstow Rd-Barstow) to discuss Master Composter business and share gardening and conservation information. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Don Woo at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com.

How to Compost

Compost bins can be purchased or home made.There are a number of different ways to compost — some take less time and effort, and some take more. The main things to consider are how much time you have to spend managing the pile, how much green waste your yard generates, and how quickly you want to have finished, usable compost. Here are two common methods.

HOLDING UNITS

THE “NO FUSS” METHOD —

ALSO KNOWN AS “ADD AS YOU GO”

This method uses one pile or bin — as a “holding unit” to contain garden wastes. This is also sometimes called the “static pile” method, because you don’t turn the pile very much.

Holding units, or static piles, are the least labor and least time-consuming way to compost.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Build, or purchase, a bin-approximately three feet square. Or just start a pile.
  • Fill it up, as materials are available.
  • Note: Take care not to add fresh grass clippings in large layers. Let clippings dry first, or mix with other materials.
  • Water pile occasionally
  • When bin is full, start a new pile
  • To finish composting, it helps to remove bin and turn pile
  • Or, just take material from the bottom of the pile

ADVANTAGES:

  • Low maintenance, little turning required
  • Doesn’t take much time or effort
  • Good for lower volumes of material

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Slower method
  • Not good if you have large volumes all year
  • Hard to compost brushy, woody materials
  • Seeds from weeds won’t be sterilized

TURNING UNITS

THE “ACTIVE PILE” METHOD

Turning units are a series of three or more bins that allow garden wastes to be turned on a regular schedule. Turning units are appropriate for gardeners who have a larger volume of materials and/or want to produce compost faster.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Get two or three bins ready. Each bin should be about one cubic yard in size.
  • Fill one bin, layering green materials with brown. Try for 50% green, 50% brown.
  • Water the pile as you add layers. Should be like a damp sponge.
  • Pile will probably heat up. When it cools down-after a few days or a week, turn the pile into an empty bin and water again.
  • Continue turning until pile no longer heats up and materials decomposed.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Good for larger volumes of garden trimmings
  • Produces compost quickly
  • Sterilizes weed seeds and some plant diseases
  • Better for woody materials

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Requires greater amount of time to manage-piles are turned and watered regularly
  • Must accumulate about one cubic yard of material before building pile-in order to get the pile to heat up.