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Elk Grove, learn how to make your own 'garden gold'

Community Garden hosts free composting workshop

Kitchen waste is the basis of free "garden gold" -- compost! Use as an amendment or a mulch, and your soil will benefit.

Kitchen waste is the basis of free "garden gold" -- compost! Use as an amendment or a mulch, and your soil will benefit.

Photo courtesy City of Elk Grove and Republic Services

Here's a great deal for Elk Grove residents: Turn kitchen waste into a rich soil amendment for your garden. Make your own compost and improve your soil, too.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, learn how to make “garden gold” with a compost workshop offered by the City of Elk Grove and Republic Services.

Free for Elk Grove residents, this hands-on demonstration will be held at Elk Grove Community Garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive, Elk Grove.

Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Sign up here:

The one-hour workshop will cover the basics of composting, how to mix “greens” (fresh material) with “browns” (dried material) for faster results, plus what to do with the compost when it’s ready. Not only will you be recycling organic waste (banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.), you’ll be saving money: Soil amendment is expensive!

For more on organic recycling in Elk Grove:

Not an Elk Grove resident? Check out the free Compost and Mulch workshop scheduled by the City of Roseville, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Registration information is here.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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