Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Green Your Garden, Yet Save On Your Water Bill
On Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m., at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, southern California author and gardening expert Nan Sterman will discuss ten easy ways to keep your garden green, revamp your garden, and keep it beautiful without watering during our long, hot, dry periods. For more info, call (626) 821-4623. Cost is $10 for Arboretum members, $15 for nonmembers.

Clever Gardening Technique

Compost Bin from Pallets
Build a compost pile frame from pallets discarded by big box stores, connecting the sides together with bungee cords. Continue replenishing your compost pile by adding non-greasy kitchen scraps, grass clippings, plant foliage, and dry matter in layers with soil. Chop bulky items to help them break down faster. Keep the pile moist but not waterlogged, and loosen or turn it every other week or so to let in air. When rains begin, cover the pile loosely to keep it from getting too waterlogged and leaching its rich nitrogen. To keep a compost pile "working hot," build it between 3 and 5 feet high and wide for the most favorable surface-to-volume ratio. Layer different types of ingredients -- fresh, moist greenery; dried leaves, small twigs, or wood chips; and soil, compost, or manure.

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