Composting Information

Thurston County Master Recycler Composters provide training and workshops and also support composting activities at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. The classes leading to Master Recycler Composter certification are available to the public. Go to the master/recycler/composter program page for information about the classes and how to sign up.

Composting workshops for the public will be held during the year. Composting information is also available from Master Recycler Composters working at the Demonstration Gardens, and there will be multiple workshops at the MGTFC Plant Sale at Dirt Works Garden. In addition, composting questions can be directed to the ask-a-master-recycler-composter page.

Can’t wait for a workshop to get started? The following will tell you everything you always wanted to know about composting your yard and kitchen waste:
http://gardening.wsu.edu/compost-and-mulch/.

Need a compost recipe? Composting DOs and DON’Ts? Compost troubleshooting help? These websites have recipes and problem diagnosis and treatment info:
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/compost.html
http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/naturalyardcare/recipe.asp

King County Worm bin composting information

Thurston County-specific information and lots of other useful composting tips:
http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/organics/organics-home.htm.

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Events on Aug 2, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Vermi –“wormy”- Composting
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Aug 2, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Vermicomposting is a great way to utilize plant based kitchen scraps and the results are incredibly beneficial for the garden. Learn how to start your own worm bin and take home a wiggly worm craft.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Aug 9, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: The Garden at Night
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Aug 9, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: The “Night Garden” is a wonderful place to experience and this session will explore the various activities of plants and animals that take place while you are sleeping. An owl craft will provide a great reminder of these elusive creatures of the night.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Aug 11, 2016
  • Summer Picnic Potluck
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Aug 11, 2016 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Dirtworks
    Description: RSVP to Cori (carltoc@co.thurston.wa.us) with your name and the number attending by Noon on Aug. 11th
    BRING: A dish to pass and a chair.
    WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED: Tables to eat at, drinks (water and lemonade), and table service (plates, silverware, cups, napkins)
    PLUS: we’ll have fabulous plant door prizes and an Olympics-themed trivia game….come learn how plants were used in the Olympics. Fabulous prizes await!!!
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Events on Aug 16, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Beneficial Insects
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Aug 16, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: There are “good” bugs and “bad” bugs for the garden and this class will show you how to tell the difference and make it a better world for those beneficial insects. A creative insect craft will be available for each child to take home.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Aug 17, 2016
  • Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Aug 17, 2016 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Extension Office
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Events on Aug 23, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Garden Game Day
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Aug 23, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Join us for a great day of fun and games in the garden. We will be harvesting veggies and then playing an assortment of board games and active games that will focus on various garden themes. A craft using “garden” plants will be a fun activity to take home.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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