Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Everything That's Compost
Here's a search results page that has everything to do with compost: http://search.netscape.com/Home/Gardens/Soil_and_Additives/Compost. This Web site contains composting information galore, from many institutions and waste management entities - as many perspectives and methods as possible ingredients in a compost pile, but all worth perusing to find your own approach.
Decorating candles with flowers and foliage that you've grown and pressed yourself is a good way to preserve the beauty of your garden into winter. Here's a simple method for decorating candles:
1) Place small flowers, leaves, and vines between paper towels, and weight them with a heavy book overnight. Pieces should be limp but not moist or crispy.
2) Use a glue stick to tack them into place on candles. Mix and match colors, or use white candles to highlight the colors of the flowers and leaves.
3) In an empty coffee can tall enough to hold the candle, melt six cakes of paraffin by setting them in a pan of boiling water.
4) Dip the candle, with its tacked-on flowers and leaves, into the liquid paraffin, and then hold it or set it upright until it's cool. Dip again if a thicker coating is desired. Let it cool and enjoy.