Master gardeners present special workshop
These wigglers are hard at work, making rich castings from kitchen and garden waste.
It's time to get wiggly! Become a worm wrangler and make garden gold.
Learn about worm composting during a special workshop Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The deadline to register is Oct. 14.
Presented by thr UCCE Sacramento County master gardeners, this fun workshop will show how to harness worm power to make rich, high-qaulity compost. According to the master gardeners, this neat, easy and odorless method of composting is ideal for indoor and outdoor locations."
Ideal for beginners, this class covers bin construction, bedding and food needs for worms, and how to "harvest" their castings.
Registration is $30, which includes all instructional materials, a worm bin and worms -- everything you need to get started.
The two-hour course starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and will be held outdoors, rain or shine, at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. No drop-ins are allowed and no refunds will be offered.
The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is at 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, just south of the Fair Oaks Library. For more information on UCCE master gardener activities, go to https://sacmg.ucanr.edu/?calitem=537195
P.S. SDG's Kathy Morrison offers this tip: Get a preview of what worm composting (and other composting) is all about by visiting the Composting Area during Open Garden Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon at the Horticulture Center.
-- Debbie Arrington
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